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BAE Mathematics/Elementary (K-8)

This degree provides students with a strong background in the mathematical concepts they will need for teaching mathematics to students in elementary school. In addition to gaining a strong understanding of mathematical content, students learn to engage elementary school students in hands-on activities that promotes their understanding of difficult concepts.

What will I study?

Completion of this major, the general degree completion requirements for education, elementary, and a minor field study, satisfies the state requirements for an elementary education teaching endorsement.

Required Courses

MATH 114 Algebra Concepts (5), as necessary.
MATH 211 Structure of Elementary Mathematics I (5)
MATH 212 Structure of Elementary Mathematics II (5)
MATH 311 Functions and Relations for K-8 Teachers (5)
MATH 312 Geometry for the K-8 Teacher (5)
MTED 390 Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (5)
MATH 411 Discrete Mathematics for K-8 Teachers (4)
MTED 412 Advanced Methods of Teaching K-8 Mathematics (5)
MATH 420 Problem Solving for K-8 Teachers (4)
MTED 490 Senior Capstone: Mathematics Practicum (5)

Total credits for above major: 43 or 48 credits

All candidates for certifcation must pass the WEST-E subject matter test to receive an endorsement for certifcation purposes. For complete certification requirements refer to the Department of Education.  Course prerequisites may also apply.

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Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Understand and apply the mathematical processes of problem solving, reasoning, communicating, and connecting, use varied representations to support and deepen mathematical understanding, and embrace technology as an essential tool for teaching and learning mathematics;
  • Demonstrate computational proficiency using various strategies, including a conceptual understanding of numbers, relationships among number and number systems, and meanings of operations with all real numbers;
  • Understand relationships among quantities, functions, and the analysis of change, and demonstrate a conceptual understanding of and procedural facility with fundamental single variable calculus;
  • Use spatial visualization and geometric modeling to explore and analyze geometric figures, and apply and use measurement concepts and tools;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and practices related to data analysis, statistics, and probability, and apply the fundamental ideas of discrete mathematics in the formulation and solution of problems;
  • Possess a deep understanding of how students learn mathematics and of the pedagogical knowledge specific to mathematics teaching and learning.
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