Teaching Methods: Elementary Mathematics – med553 (3 credits)

This course emphasizes content and process standards and pedagogical instruction that enhance learning in P–8 mathematics. Participants explore teaching mathematics through research-based practices, problem-solving, and developmentally effective instructional strategies. Participants also examine assessment techniques, technology tools, instructional leadership, diverse learning needs, and materials management.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Teaching Mathematical Concepts

  • Create a lesson plan for teaching mathematics concepts through problem solving.
  • Integrate technology into a lesson plan for teaching mathematics concepts.
  • Determine techniques for teaching mathematics concepts through problem solving.


  • Evaluate techniques, tools, and strategies to assess student learning.
  • Explain the importance of assessment in the mathematics classroom.

Diversity and Classroom Management

  • Modify lessons plans to support the needs of diverse learners.
  • Analyze how classroom and materials management relate to mathematics instruction.
  • Identify the key elements of instructional leadership in elementary mathematics.


  • All objectives apply.

Standards in Elementary Mathematics

  • Identify the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics content standards for mathematics.
  • Combine P–8 mathematics content standards with process standards to create learning activities.
  • Identify the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Teaching through Problem Solving

  • Explain the difference between doing, learning, and understanding mathematics.
  • Design lesson plans to teach mathematics through problem solving.

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