Mathematics for Elementary Education

The Mathematics for Elementary Education Major

This major serves as a second major for Elementary Education majors. It prepares pre-service teachers to be mathematical leaders in elementary schools.

Admission Requirements for the Mathematics Major

Rigorous high school coursework with above-average grades in mathematics and/or computer science courses.

 Requirements for Mathematics for Elementary Education

MA-130Number and Operations for Teachers3
MA-131Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers3
MA-132Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers3
MA-190Pre-calculus4
MA-200Calculus I4
MA-201Calculus II4
MA-240Theory of Proof4
MA-302Probability and Statistics3
MA-303Mathematical Modeling3
MA-360Number Theory3
ED-425Sem: Applying Ed Principles3
ED-435Practicum in Teaching: Elementary School9
Total Credits46

Note: The pre-requisite for MA-190 is MA-180. However, credit will not be given for both MA-131 and MA-180. If a student wishes to register for MA-190 upon completion of MA-131, he/she must receive a C- or better in MA-131 and complete a packet of supplementary materials that will be reviewed by either the MA-190 instructor or department chair.

MA-130, MA-131, and MA-132 must be completed with grades of at least B-, a student may retake any one of these courses at most once to increase a grade below a B-, and may retake at most two of these courses.

MA-190, MA-200,and MA-240 must be completed with grades of at least C-, a student may retake any on one of these courses at most once to increase a grade below a C-, and may retake at least two of these courses.

Students taking ED-425 and ED-435 must complete all prerequisite coursework for the Elementary Education Major Teacher Licensure Program and pass 053 Mathematics (Elementary) MTEL. 

Sample Timeline for the Mathematics for Elementary Education Major

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
FYSFirst-Year Seminar (FYS) 3
EN-101 College Writing I (WR) 3
MA-130 Number and Operations for Teachers 3
HSBP Elective 3
ED-155 Teaching and Learning in Elementary School 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II (WR) 3
HI/PO-218 US Constitutional History I (CON) 3
ED-250 Educational Psychology 3
MA-190 Pre-calculus 4
MA-131 Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers 3
 Credits16
Year Two
Semester Three
MA-200 Calculus I 4
LASCLASC Elective (USW) 3
LASCLASC Elective (GP) 3
ED-261 Introduction to the Foundations of Reading 3
ED-275 Curr/Instr in Elementary Ed 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
MA-132 Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers 3
MA-201 Calculus II 4
ED-304 Best Practices for English Language Learners 3
LASCLASC Elective (TLC) 3
ED-325 Elementary Mathematics 3
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
MA-240 Theory of Proof 4
ED-306 Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Literature 6
MA-302 Probability and Statistics (QLAC) 3
LASCLASC Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Six
ED-330 Elementary Social Studies and Mulriculturalism 3
MA-360 Number Theory 3
LASCLASC Elective (ICW) 3
MA-303 Mathematical Modeling 3
LASCLASC Elective (NSP) 3
LASCLASC Elective (CA) 3
 Credits18
Year Four
Semester Seven
ED-320 Elementary Science 3
LASCLASC Elective (QR) 3
LASCLASC Elective (NSP LAB) 4
SELECTFree Elective 3
 Credits13
Semester Eight
ED-425 Sem: Applying Ed Principles 3
ED-435 Practicum in Teaching: Elementary School (Capstone) 9
 Credits12
 Total Credits122

Students are required to meet with their academic advisor to review their courses for the upcoming semester. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.  First-year and transfer students with 45 or fewer credits at the time of admission shall complete two academic programs (a major/major or major/minor) to qualify for graduation.  For more information, please view the MajorPlus section of this catalog.