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Major inElementary Education -Middle School Mathematics Teaching Endorsement (5-8)

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Elementary Education -Middle School Mathematics Teaching Endorsement (5-8) Curriculum Overview

Students who complete this major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential for grades kindergarten through 6. Passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required.

Prerequisites to Student Teaching: 6 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 346 Effective Middle School Teach 2
ED - 475 Teaching 5-8 Math 1
ED - 487 Reading Across Content Areas 3

The historical, sociological, psychological and philosophical aspects of the middle school are studied. Discussion and activities focus on the purposes, functions and implications of the curriculum and the learner. Students explore middle school teaching practice and student learning in the classroom and current middle school organization and practice. (Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program)

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This course provides opportunities to develop an understanding of the content of middle school mathematics programs and formulate a teaching methodology for the meaningful learning of mathematics by middle school students. Students will be challenged to reflect on their personal views of mathematics, on how middle school children learn mathematics and on classroom environments that help middle school children understand mathematics. Teaching from a problem-solving perspective and making communication, reasoning and connections the primary foci of mathematics learning will be central to the course.(Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education Program.)

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The range of standardized and informal assessment options will be studied. Techniques will include the administration of procedures including analyzing data and making instructional and placement decisions. Communication of results to students' parents, caregivers and other professionals; impact on career skills affecting employability; and ethical issues will be discussed. (Prerequisite to Student Teaching.)

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Student Teaching Clinical (Partial): 4 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 471 Student Teaching 4

Student teaching provides direct teaching experience for students to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in classrooms for young children. Typically, students are assigned to work with two cooperating teachers in two different classrooms for one full semester. Seminars are held on campus and a capstone portfolio is required. (Birth-Grade 3 Practicum.)

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Specialty in Middle Level Mathematics: 13 credits (2.5 GPA required and no grade below C–)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MAT - 110 Intro Probability & Statistics 3
MAT - 135 Calculus I 4
MAT - 220 Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT - 305 Foundations of Geometry 3

This course will explore fundamental topics from probability and descriptive and inferential statistics and apply these to a range of areas of study including business, social science, and biology. Topics include probability and counting rules, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, chi-square, and analysis-of-variance. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT100 or MAT103 or level 3 or higher placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

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This course explores the concepts of limit and continuity, investigates techniques of differentiation and its applications, introduces integration, and provides the framework for the Fundamental Theorem. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT125 or level 5 placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

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This course serves as an introduction to formal proofs and is prerequisite for several upper level math courses. Additional topics covered include logic, set theory, function and relations. (Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT135 or CSC175)

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This course provides a systematic survey of Euclidean, hyperbolic, transformation, and fractal geometries. Through the use of technology, the students are better enabled to construct, analyze, and prove conjectures. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT220)

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Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

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Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo Term Faculty of Education

Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo brings a practical approach to Leadership in Education.

Dr. Sally Baas Director of SEAT Program, Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Baas has devoted her teaching to preparing future educators for diversity in the classroom and developing teaching methods to best serve students of various ethnic backgrounds.

Richard Benson Instructor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and Teacher Education

Rick has been a faculty member at Concordia University St. Paul since 1999 serving as an Instructor in both the Undergraduate Teacher Education Department and the Kinesiology

Diane Harr Assistant Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education and Chair of Undergraduate/Initial Licensure Programs

Harr coordinates and teaches in graduate special education programs and undergraduate criminal justice.

Donald Helmstetter, Ph.D. Director, Education Doctorate Programs

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Mr. Jerry Robicheau Term Faculty of Education