Elementary Education


Specific information about the courses offered at BSU, BCC, and MCC, can be found in the Mathematics for Elementary Education Table, including course numbers and names, placement criteria, pre-requisites, course learning outcomes, topics taught, and course descriptions. This information is provided so that viewers are able to make an educated decision concerning the potential transferability of these courses.  


Mathematics for Elementary Education Table 


In 2007, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) passed new regulations for mathematics subject matter knowledge for teachers at the elementary level1, issued a guidance document to higher education preparation programs detailing recommendations for mathematics course content and quantity (suggesting 9-12 credits)2, and developed a new, separately scored mathematics subtest for the General Curriculum MTEL (03)3 required for initial license for all new elementary and special education teachers, first administered in spring 2009.

Currently, BridgewaterStateUniversity (BSU) has adopted a three-course sequence which aligns with the Guidelines for Mathematical Preparation of Elementary Teachers2, put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Education, recommending the following relative weightings for the course sequence: Number & Operation (45%), Functions & Algebra (25%), Geometry & Measurement (20%) and Statistics & Probability (10%).  BothBristol Community College (BCC) andMassasoit Community College (MCC) offer a two-course sequence with close alignment, as well.  Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) is preparing similar courses. UMASS Dartmouth (UMD) andMassachusettsMaritimeAcademy (MMA) do not offer similar courses.

These courses have been designed to be meaningful to elementary, early childhood, and special education majors and should emphasize multiple strategies, manipulatives, and conceptualization, while deemphasizing formulas and maintaining the rigor of a college-level course.  The focus of these courses should be building conceptual understanding of mathematics content appropriate for grades K-6, with the understanding that mastery of these concepts will lead to successful completion of the General Curriculum MTEL (03). 

 March 2011 Update:

Recently, with the support of mathematics faculty members at CONNECT institutions, Bristol Community College, Massasoit Community College, and Bridgewater State University have agreed upon transfer course equivalencies for this track as outlined in Appendix 2 of the CONNECT Math Transfer Agreement.

 For further information about the Mathematics for Elementary Education track, please contact:

 Becky Metcalf




1          Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. (August, 2009). Regulations for Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: (http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/603cmr7.html?section=06).

 2          Massachusetts Department of Education. (2007). Guidelines for the Mathematical Preparation of Elementary Teachers. Malden, MA: Author.  (http://www.doe.mass.edu/mtel/MathGuidance.pdf).

 3          Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2008). Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL®) Test Objectives Field 03: General Curriculum Test Objectives. (http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/PDFs/MTELobjs_newfld03_2.pdf), 10 – 15.