Vermont Mathematics Initiative Launching its Master’s Degree Program in New Hampshire

The Vermont Mathematics Initiative, in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), is excited to bring VMI’s signature master’s degree program to New Hampshire educators starting in Fall 2020 

Begun in 1999, the Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI) is an established nonprofit organization dedicated to high quality mathematics instruction in VT, NH and other locations across the United States. The mission of the VMI is to ensure high-quality mathematics instruction and high levels of student learning. This mission is supported through a number of VMI initiatives, including: 

  • The VMI Master’s Program–a comprehensive program dedicated to building systemic capacity by training current and aspiring mathematics teacher leaders. 
  • Outreach and contribution to statewide initiatives in Vermont and New Hampshire. 
  • Targeted mathematics education support to schools and districts 
  • A variety of recertification courses designed specifically for mathematics teachers 

VMI has made a profound contribution to mathematics education in its 20+ year history, including major support for Common Core implementation across Vermont, the training of over 550 teacher leaders through the Master’s program, working in partnership with many school districts as they consider systemic improvement, contributing to policy discussions and more. 

VMI has supported national efforts around mathematics education by having a “seat at the table” for many national initiatives, including the development of the common core state standards. VMI’s master’s degree curriculum is the basis for an initiative by the Intel Corporation in which the first two courses of the VMI program were ‘scaled up’ and are offered across the country. Additionally, VMI has been a critical component of the Cincinnati Public Schools mathematics professional development strategy for 12 years. VMI’s work there assisted in the development of a cadre of highly knowledgeable teacher leaders who serve important roles within their schools and the district. 

Through VMI coursework, classroom applications, mentoring by VMI staff, and leadership training, teachers in the New Hampshire VMI will earn SNHU’s Master of Education (M.Ed) degree in Educator Practices with a concentration in Mathematics Teaching. 

Candidates should possess a commitment to personal growth, collaboration, peer coaching, and leadership. Applicants should be committed to enhancing their effectiveness as teachers of mathematics, enthusiastic about increasing their mathematics content knowledge in a supportive environment, and — most importantly — committed to sharing their increased knowledge of mathematics content and pedagogy with colleagues through mentoring, peer coaching or other forms of professional development. There are no prerequisite mathematics requirements for entry into the VMI program. 

For more information and an application Click Here. (Word version available Here)

Contact Judi Laird, VMI Executive Director ([email protected]) or Paul Ezen, Executive Director of SNHU’s Office of Special Programs & Advanced Studies ([email protected]) with questions.