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Course Details

Course Code: EDUC541 Course ID: 2799 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course explores mathematics in the elementary school setting. The class is approached through the following four sections: 1) preparing students to study higher level mathematical content; 2) math content and pedagogy; 3) connection between elementary math and higher-level math content; and 4) best practices for teaching mathematics at the elementary level. Throughout the course, candidates will be asked to make connections between higher-level mathematics and how that relates to the depth and complexity of the content. Candidates will then explore those connections through creating practical methods to be used in a class setting. The use of instructional technology and resources as enhancements to understanding and the teaching of math will also be explored.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 12/26/21 Summer 2021 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, candidates will be able to:

1. Explore the following content in relation to pedagogy: Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and Data Analysis
2. Examine mathematics activities appropriate for the k-12 math school classroom.
3. Design mathematics lessons that use manipulative materials and utilize the arts to help children develop in one of the explored content areas.
4. Create mathematics lessons, student interviews, and units that utilize the mathematical processes of problem solving, communication, reasoning and proof, representations, and connections.
6. Explore alternative methods for assessing mathematical understanding.
7. Explore methods that use assessment as a guide for planning future instruction.
8. Create technological resources appropriate for mathematics in the elementary and middle school setting.

Cathcart, G., Pothier, Y., Vance, J., & Bezuk, N. (2001). Learning mathematics in elementary and middle schools (4th ed.). Merrill, Prentice Hall.

In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note Web site addresses are subject to change.

APA Format

NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics

Technology Foundation Standards for All Students

Technology Foundation Standards for All Teachers

US Dept of Education – No Child Left Behind

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Edutopia: The George Lucas Educational Foundation


Book Title:Learning Mathematics in Elementary and Middle School: A Learner-Centered Approach, 6th ed.
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Cathcart, Pothier, Vance and Bezuk
Unit Cost:$99.99
Electronic ISBN:9781323646236
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.