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Earn a degree in Math for Elementary Certification

  • Various technologies and concrete manipulatives students will find in K-12 classrooms are used throughout the program; technologies include, but are not limited to, calculators, interactive white boards, iPads, online virtual manipulates, and geometry software.
  • Madonna’s pass rate on the Elementary Education MTTC exam is 93.3%, which is well above the state average (87.8%) for the years 2011-2014.
  • Madonna’s teacher education program was developed in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education standards, and stays current and effective through data analysis and advice from the advising board (the Teacher Education Committee).
  • The program develops critical thinking, problem solving, and computer and quantitative skills that are valuable to many other STEM fields. 

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Faculty Bios

Susan Toma, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D. Oakland University

M.S. Oakland University

B.S. Madonna University

stoma@madonna.edu

734-432-5525

Susan Toma, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Toma is a Professor of Mathematics and the Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. She joined the full-time faculty of Madonna University in 2010. She earned a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematical Sciences in 2009 and an M.S. degree in Industrial Applied Mathematics in 2006 from Oakland University. She is also a Madonna University alumna where she completed a B.S. degree in Mathematics.

 Dr. Toma has taught a broad range of mathematics courses, including Contemporary Mathematics, Pre-calculus, Applied Calculus, Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, II and III, Modern Algebra, Introduction to Real Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, and Probability and Statistics. She also regularly mentors senior seminar mathematics research projects. Moreover, Dr. Toma actively engages her students in various national and international mathematical competitions.

In addition, she is the advisor of the Math Club student organization at Madonna University. Dr. Toma is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, American Mathematical Society, and the Michigan Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

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Marcilyn PoppemaAssistant Professor, Mathematics

M.S. Western Michigan University

B.S. Grand Valley State University

Math for Elementary Certification

mpoppema@madonna.edu

734-432-5586

Marcilyn Poppema

I have been teaching mathematics, and mathematics education courses at Madonna University for 10 years. I teach a proper range of courses from introductory algebra all the way through upper-level courses. My favorite courses to teach are the education courses. Helping students become future educators is a passion of mine. I also enjoy mentoring senior seminar presentations, it allows me to help students understand how to conduct research in mathematics and mathematics education. My research interests focus on how to use technology for teaching mathematics, and how to get teacher candidates to understand how technology can change the curriculum.

Presenting at the Michigan Council for Teachers of Mathematics conference each year allows me to help share my understanding of how technology is being used do you transform mathematics education in the current K-12 classrooms. I am also involved in a research group at Wayne State University; working with other graduate students and Wayne State faculty doing research on the changes in teacher evaluations by the state. Researching and studying the key areas in how highly affective mathematics lessons by teachers in the elementary curriculum are assessed allows for me to understand what teacher candidates need to be equipped with to be successful as mathematics teachers.

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