CS Elementary Service Courses

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Service courses for Elementary and Special Education

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The mathematics preparation for Elementary Education and Special Education majors consists of a Foundations Curriculum mathematics course from the Department of Mathematics and eight hours of mathematics education from the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education. The course work is as follows:


  • MATE 3050-Mathematics and Methods for Grades K-2: This course integrates mathematics content and methods focusing primarily on key concepts in number and operations, measurement, and algebraic thinking found in the Common Core State Standards. Prospective teachers engage in open-ended tasks to increase their own content knowledge and to experience problem-based mathematics learning.  The learning experiences are subsequently debriefing in terms of the use of mathematical practices, establishing classroom norms, task selection, teaching for conceptual understanding, and use of representations.  In addition, prospective teachers focus on student thinking, learning trajectories, and assessment through analysis of student work.

  • MATE 3051-Mathematics Field Experience in Grades K-2 :This course is typically completed concurrently with MATE 3050. Prospective teachers work to connect the ideas discussed in MATE 3050 to practice in local K-2 classrooms with a particular focus on analysis of student thinking, teacher questioning, and teaching of small group lessons.

  • MATE 3060-Mathematics and Methods in Grades 3-5: This course integrates mathematics content and methods focusing primarily on key concepts in number and operations, measurement, and geometry found in the Common Core State Standards. Prospective teachers continue to analyze student thinking and to engage in open-ended mathematics tasks to increase their own mathematics content knowledge.  Pedagogical topics include planning and enacting whole group lessons, assessing available teaching resources for their mathematical and pedagogical accuracy and usefulness, and orchestrating whole class discussions.  Prospective teachers often lead discussions in the course and when possible practice in elementary classrooms as well through Lesson Study.

Resources and Forms

We have compiled a list of resources and forms, including practice questions for the MTEL and licensure links. Please click here to access this page.

Do you have any further questions or need help with the process? Contact us:

Dr. Catherine Schwartz SCHWARTZCA@ecu.edu
Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-737-2305

Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education | Flanagan 352 | Mail Stop 566
College of Education | Greenville, NC 27858 USA
Phone: 252-328-9353 | Fax: 252-328-9371 | Email
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