Mathematics at Aquinas College

Mathematics Teaching at the Elementary Level (K-8 certification) Minor

A student seeking a mathematics minor for elementary certification must complete all of the requirements of the mathematics minor described above. Included in the twenty-four (24) semester hours must be at least one department approved course or course sequence in Probability and Statistics, and one department approved course in the History of Mathematics. Certification requirements of MS260, MS261, and MS271 must also be met.

Since the above are State of Michigan requirements, they apply to all students (graduates and undergraduates) seeking mathematics teacher certification. Major/minor programs require departmental approval.

Courses

  • MS260 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I (3) MS

    Required for elementary certification. Topics appropriate for grades K-8 include: rational numbers, patterns and variables, measurement, geometry, logic, and graphing. Emphasis is on constructing understanding through experience: exploring, extrapolating, and explaining concepts and relationships. Problem solving, both in groups and individually, is a major theme. Tutoring and field experiences required. Prerequisites: EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a grade of C in MS111 or equivalent.

  • MS261 Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II (3)

    Required of all elementary candidates. Not an education method elective. Topics appropriate for grades K-8 include number patterns, number theory, algebra, probability and data analysis. Emphasis is on constructing understanding through experience: exploring, extrapolating and explaining concepts and relationships. Problem solving, both in groups and individually, is a major theme. Prerequisite: EN201, MS260. Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • MS271 Mathematics Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (3)

    Required for elementary certification. Course expands on the content from MS260, 261, examines ways children learn and fail to learn mathematics, and emphasizes strategies for teaching and designing lessons. New content focuses on concepts and operations of whole numbers, number theory, number patterns, and measurement. Tutoring and field experiences required. Prerequisite: EN201, MS260 , MS261; cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a grade of C MS111 or equivalent. This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.