Secondary Mathematics Program nationally recognized

Henderson State University’s Secondary Mathematics Program has been awarded national recognition by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Specialized Professional Association.

The program is among the first to become nationally recognized under the new mathematics standards approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

“National recognition by the NCTM SPA is a testament to the quality of our mathematics faculty and the high standards set within that department,” said Dr. John Hardee, dean of Henderson’s Ellis College of Arts and Sciences. “This honor is a direct result of the hard work put in by our mathematics faculty, and, in particular, Dr. Debra Coventry who wrote the Mathematics Program Report.”

Coventry, a professor of mathematics at Henderson, led the development of the assessments, oversaw their implementation, and collected and analyzed the data for program improvement.

Dr. Celya Taylor, dean of Teachers College, Henderson, said national recognition fulfills the accreditation requirements for the CAEP Program Review.

“To further compliment the efforts of Henderson’s mathematics faculty, five assessments developed by the mathematics program faculty are now being showcased as national exemplars on the CAEP website.”

Henderson’s secondary mathematics program is for mathematics majors seeking educator licensure to teach grades 7-12 mathematics or who intend to study mathematics education at the graduate level.

“The accreditation process not only measures the depth and breadth of preparation of candidates, but the candidates’ ability to have a positive impact on student learning,” said Coventry. “So a good part of this honor can be attributed to the mathematics students here at Henderson.”

Taylor said, “Having such a well-respected and nationally recognized math program positively impacts the overall CAEP accreditation process for the entire educator program at Henderson State.”