Middle School Teacher with Mathematics Concentration

Middle Grades Education majors choose two academic concentrations from four choices: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Each concentration consists of 24 hours of course work. The 24-hour Mathematics Concentration is a popular choice for at least two reasons: (1) middle grades mathematics teachers are in the greatest demand of the four concentrations and (2) 18 hours of the course work is 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. Of the two MATH courses in the concentration, one of them is the required Foundations Curriculum course.

Middle grades education majors use the 24-hour concentration.

  • 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.

Mathematics Concentration Flowchart

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 ( or 252-328-9355).


When should I start taking my mathematics concentration classes?

Given there are eight mathematics courses in the concentration and there are seven semesters that most teaching majors have for coursework (the eighth semester is the full-time internship), it is best to begin the first semester at ECU. Even taking a mathematics course every semester, there will be a semester when you need to take two mathematics courses.

If I choose the mathematics concentration, may I choose from any of the other three concentrations for my other concentration?

Yes. Although some principals and other hiring officials like mathematics/science and social studies/language arts pairings, BS Middle Grades majors may choose any two concentrations out of the four possibilities.

I have AP Calculus credit – do I need to take College Algebra?

No. We will find an appropriate substitute for College Algebra that fits with your academic goals. For example, see the discussion on adding high school mathematics to one’s license.

I have AP Statistics credit – may I use it in the concentration?

Yes – AP Statistics counts as an introductory statistics course and we will use it in place of MATE 2067.

I have heard that middle grades mathematics concentrators can add high school mathematics to their license. How may I do that?

We suggest some course substitutions within the 24-hour concentration that gives the middle grades concentrators some higher level mathematics, making her/him better prepared to pass the licensure exam. If an incoming middle grades major has AP Calculus credit, we suggest that he/she uses that calculus I credit, along with calculus II and linear algebra in place of the college algebra-pre-calculus (functions)-calculus trio that is required. The candidate still takes eight courses (although it is 26 hours instead of 24) for the concentration. We also assist students by providing study materials for the test.

How difficult is it to schedule the middle grades mathematics concentration courses?

Because the middle grades mathematics concentration courses are very specialized for teachers (that is, all the courses except for the two MATH courses), there is just one section of each course offered each fall and spring. So the upside is that the courses 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 several of courses online, and we have substitutions for some that provide more flexibility.

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

Dr. Ron Preston
Director of Students Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education
East Carolina University Mail Stop 566 Greenville, NC 27858 Phone:252-328-9355