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216 Kingston Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.4315
fax: 509.359.4700

BAE Mathematics/Elementary (K-8) with Middle Level Endorsement Option (4th-9th Grades)

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

What will I study?

Completion of this major and the general degree completion requirements for elementary education (Elementary Education Required Core, 70 credits) satisfies the Washington State requirements for an elementary education teaching endorsement (grades K-8) and for a middle level mathematics endorsement (grades 4-9)

Required Courses                                                              Degree Map      Degree Flight Plan  
MATH 114 Algebra Concepts (5 credits), as necessary                
MATH 211 Structure of Elementary Mathematics I (5 credits)
MATH 212 Structure of Elementary Mathematics II (5 credits)
MATH 311 Functions and Relations for K-8 Teachers (5 credits)
MATH 312 Geometry for the K-8 Teacher (5 credits)
MTED 390 Methods of Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (5 credits)
MATH 411 Discrete Mathematics for K-8 Teachers (4 credits)
MTED 412 Advanced Methods of Teaching K-8 Mathematics (5 credits)
MATH 413 Data Analysis and Probability for Middle Level Teachers (3 credits)
MATH 416 Calculus for Middle Level Teachers (4 credits)
MATH 420 Problem Solving for K-8 Teachers (4 credits)
MTED 490A Senior Capstone: Elementary Mathematics Practicum (5 credits)
EDUC 417 Culture of Middle Level School (3 credits)

Total credits for above major: 53 or 58 credits
All candidates for certification must pass the WEST-E/NES subject matter tests to receive the elementary endorsement and the middle level mathematics endorsement for certification purposes. For complete certification requirements refer to the Department of Education.  Course prerequisites may also apply.


What are the goals of the program? 
Students who major in this program will --

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to use the Mathematical Practices (CCSSM) and a productive disposition as a student and teacher of mathematics.
  • Demonstrate and apply in the classroom a profound understanding of fundamental mathematics within the K-8 curriculum, of how these topics progress within the K-8 range, of how these topics extend and relate to the mathematics in the secondary curriculum, and of the fundamental concepts in the curriculum in the secondary curriculum and beyond.
  • Demonstrate and apply in the classroom a deep understanding of how students learn mathematics and of the pedagogical knowledge specific to mathematics teaching and learning.
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