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The MCEA Math Minor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. DeAnn Huinker Kevin McLeod University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mathematical Preparation for Middle School Teachers of Mathematics: A Wisconsin Concern October 5-6, 2007 Wintergreen Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

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The mcea math minor at the university of wisconsin milwaukee

The MCEA Math Minor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

DeAnn Huinker

Kevin McLeod

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mathematical Preparation for Middle School Teachers of Mathematics: A Wisconsin Concern

October 5-6, 2007

Wintergreen Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

This material is based upon work by the Milwaukee Mathematics Partnership (MMP) support by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0314898. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.


Uw milwaukee teacher programs
UW-Milwaukee Teacher Programs

  • Early Childhood (ECE, Birth-age 8)

  • Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MCEA, grades 1-8)

  • Early Adolescence through Adolescence (EAA, grades 6-12)


Mcea program structure
MCEA Program Structure

Required of all MCEA students:

2 content area minors, 18 credits each

Option A:

  • Mathematics or Natural Sciences

    Option B:

  • Social Studies or English/Language Arts or Bilingual/ESL/World Languages


Met report recommendations
MET Report Recommendations

Prospective middle grades teachers of mathematics should be required to take at least 21 semester hours of mathematics, that includes at least 12 semester hours on fundamental ideas of school mathematics appropriate for middle grades teachers.


Mcea sequence
MCEA Sequence

  • Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers, I & II (6 cr)

  • Mathematics or Science Minor (18 cr)

  • Praxis I (required for SOE admission)

  • Teaching of Mathematics: Elementary and Middle Grades (6 cr)

  • Praxis II (required for student teaching)

  • Portfolio (required for graduation)


Mathematics focus area minor courses for mcea majors
Mathematics Focus Area Minor Coursesfor MCEA Majors

  • Problem Solving

  • Discrete Probability and Statistics

  • Geometry

  • Algebraic Structures


Problem solving critical thinking course topics
Problem Solving & Critical ThinkingCourse Topics

  • Reflection: Process of problem-solving

  • Emphasis:

    • mathematical discourse and classroom as a learning community

    • understanding and engaging with mathematics

    • extensions of solved problems

  • Construct problem-solving strategies


Discrete probability statistics course topics
Discrete Probability & StatisticsCourse Topics

  • Connection to state & local standards

  • Experimental likelihoods

  • Simple probability models

  • Conditional probability

  • Expected value

  • Complex probability models


Geometry course topics
GeometryCourse Topics

  • Geometry as a measuring tool

  • Spherical Geometry

  • Geometry as a logical system

  • Rigid Motions


Algebraic structures course topics
Algebraic StructuresCourse Topics

  • Elementary logic

  • Set Theory

  • Functions

  • Operations

  • Algebraic Structures

  • Number Theory


Math fellowship program
Math Fellowship Program

Need: Teachers of mathematics who are underprepared and want to learn.

Offered math focus courses to teachers

  • 10 Advanced Fellows (19 cr)

  • 17 Fellows (12 cr)

  • 14 completed some courses (3-9 cr)

    Challenge: AddingDPI licensure

  • Current MCEA license, 22 credits math, Praxis II (0146), Portfolio


Additional information
Additional Information


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