Mathematics for Elementary Education
The MATH 140-141 sequence is designed for preservice elementary school teachers. These courses are required for admission to the Elementary Education Program in the College of Education.
The courses emphasize a problem-solving, calculator-based, activity-oriented approach to the study of mathematics. Arithmetic, algebraic, geometric, and statistical interpretations of topics are integrated. The classes are offered in a laboratory setting to encourage interaction between students in a cooperative learning atmosphere. Course work includes not only tests and homework but also group projects and independent investigations.
Success in these courses requires a mastery of precollegiate mathematics, including algebra. Students who do not demonstrate sufficient mathematical strength are placed into algebra courses.
Transfer students who have taken math for teachers courses may be able to receive credit for Math 140 or Math 141. We recommend looking at the sample proficiency exams in order to gauge your preparedness.
To confirm your readiness to take one of the courses, we encourage you to contact Janice Nekola (312-413-3750) in the Office of Mathematics Education. You can arrange to take a practice exam that we can grade and then counsel you appropriately.
Text: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, and Activity Manual by Sybilla Beckmann, Pearson, 2003.
- Tools for Problem Solving
- Integers and Rational Numbers
- Decimals and Percentage
- Operations of Arithmetic
- Number Theory
- Patterns and Algebraic Reasoning
Text: Workshop Geometry: Mathematics for teaching elementary school, by Sallee and Saunders, 2006.
- Basic Geometric Reasoning
- Similarity and Proportional Reasoning
- Concepts of Measurement
- Applications of Geometry
- Probability and Statistics