Elementary Education majors are required to earn an academic concentration. There are many choices for the concentration, but the Mathematics Concentration offers the future elementary teacher the chance to set herself/himself apart from others by focusing on a core subject that is tested in grades 3-5.

The 18-hour Mathematics Concentration taken by Elementary Education majors features the Foundations Curriculum mathematics course and 15 hours of course work specifically designed for teachers. These courses focus on multiple ways to solve problems, various types of mathematical representations, common student errors within the particular course topic, and opportunities to use tools (manipulatives, technology, etc.) to investigate mathematics.

Those preparing to be elementary teachers can make themselves even more marketable by adding middle grades mathematics to the elementary license. They do this by passing the middle grades mathematics licensure test, but we also strongly recommend completion of the full 24-hour concentration (add MATE 3367 and MATH 2119) to gain “highly qualified” status.

- Elementary education majors can use the 18-hour concentration. Middle grades education majors should use the 24-hour concentration. Students in business or vocational education, elementary education, health education, or physical education do an 18-hour concentration, but can opt to do the 24-hour version, if seeking to add middle grades mathematics to one’s teaching license.

- 18-Hour Concentration
- MATE 1267. Functional Relationships
- MATE 2067. Data and Probability Explorations
- MATE 3067. Algebra and Number Foundations
- MATE 3167. Geometry and Measurement
- MATE 3267. Concepts in Discrete Mathematics
- MATH 1065. College Algebra

- 24-Hour Concentration
- MATE 1267. Functional Relationships
- MATE 2067. Data and Probability Explorations
- MATE 3067. Algebra and Number Foundations
- MATE 3167. Geometry and Measurement
- MATE 3267. Concepts in Discrete Mathematics
- MATH 1065. College Algebra

- MATE 3367. Mathematical Modeling
- MATH 2119. Elements of Calculus

- Note: Students may use 3 hours of MATH for Foundations Curriculum (FC) credit and for the concentrations.

The Mathematics Concentrations are administered by the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education (MSITE). Although students who use the concentrations are advised in other departments, MSITE is ready to assist students with questions about the concentrations (prestonr@ecu.edu or 252-328-9355).

Earning the mathematics concentration will almost certainly make your more marketable as it separates you from the majority of elementary education majors. With mathematics a tested area, principals welcome the opportunity to hire someone with expertise in this subject.

The key is to successfully take the Praxis II test in middle grades mathematics. You should also complete the 24-hour concentration taken by middle grades majors. That is, you should take two additional mathematics courses.

Because the elementary mathematics concentration courses are very specialized for teachers (that is, all the courses except the Foundations Curriculum MATH course), there is just one section of each course offered each fall and spring. So the upside is that the course are designed for teachers and the downside is that it takes more careful planning to complete the concentration that some others. However, we post when we offer courses well in advance, we offer some of courses online, and we have substitutions for some that provide more flexibility.

Dr. Ron Preston prestonr@ecu.edu

Director of Students Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education

East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-328-9355