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Education Generalist Emphasis - Mathematics Focus

On this page: Learn about the education generalist emphasis with a focus in mathematics education, and see the course list for this emphasis, including suggested upper division course sequence for junior and senior years.


This emphasis is preparation for teaching in elementary school and is open only to transfer students who have completed the Transfer Model Curriculum.

Letter Grade Requirement

All courses, except LIB S 498, must be taken for a letter grade and cannot be taken CR/NC.

Mathematics Focus Course List

Table 1: Core Subject Area - Liberal Studies (4 units total) 

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 units)
LS 300 (field experience required) (prerequisite: ED 200)

Assessment in Liberal Studies (1 unit) LS 498 (prerequisite: LS 300)


 

Table 2: Core Subject Area - Math & Science (10 units total) 

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Statistics & Probability in Elementary Math (3 units)
Math 312 (prerequisite: LS-Math Proficiency Assessment)

Algebra of Change (3 units)
Math 313 (prerequisite: LS-Math Proficiency Assessment)

Processes & Inquiry in the Physical Sciences (4 units)
PHYS 412


Table 3: Core Subject Area - Social & Behavioral Science (3 units total) 

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Linguistics and English (3 units)
LING 420 (This is a prerequisite class for LING 430 and LING 452.) 

 

Table 4: Core Subject Area - Humanities (18 units total) 

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Children's Literature (3 units)
ENGL 306A (must be taken concurrently with ENGL 306W)

Advanced Composition (3 units - grade of "C" or better satisfies GWAR)
ENGL 306W must be taken concurrently with ENGL 306A)

United States History for Teachers (3 units)
HIST 413 (prerequisite: WPA score of 8 or RWS 280/281 with a "C" or better)

World History (3 units)
HIST 411
Visual/Performing Arts or Education #1 (choose 1 course from the following list): 
Art 387 or Music 343, or Education 451/ SPED 527 (SPED 527 by petition)
Pre-major or MajorVisual/Performing Arts or Education #2 (choose a second course from the following list): 
Art 387 or Music 343, or Education 451/ SPED 527 (SPED 527 by petition)

 *Only one ED/SPED class, not both, can be used in these areas. [Note: SPED 500 is a pre/ co-requisite for SPED 527.]  (ED 451 is an SDSU Credential Program Prerequisite.)

Table 5: Math Focus Classes (13-15 units total) 

CODE 

 COURSE INFORMATION


Grammar & Usage for Writers required only for students who score below 8 on the WPA (3 units)
RWS 253/Ling 253 (same class, cross listed)


Pre-calculus  (4 units)
Math 141


Transition to Higher Math (3 units)
Math 302 (prerequisite is Math 141)

Math for the Middle Grades (3 units)
Math 413  (spring only)

Topics in Math or Statistics (choose one class – 3 units)
STAT 119 or STAT 250 or MATH 118

Table 6: Lower Division Prep for the Major (9 units) 

 

 COURSE INFORMATION


ENS 241A  Physical Education of Children-Theory (1 unit) and ENS 241B Physical Education of Children-Activities (1 unit).  Must be taken together for a total of 2 units.

Math 211 Geometry in Elementary Mathematics (3 units)
 Math Education 212 Children’s Math Thinking (1 unit)
 Music 102 Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers (3 units)

Writing Proficiency Assessment

Underlined upper division classes are not open to Liberal Studies pre-majors.  Footnotes in the Class Schedule contain information on enrollment restrictions for courses. Please read them carefully when searching for classes.

Writing Proficiency Assessment (WPA) Scores and Implications

Take the WPA the summer prior to Junior Semester I. The score you earn on the WPA will dictate the classes you need for your junior year and may impact your graduation date.

If you score:

  • 8 or above: No further lower-division writing classes required.
    • Use tables 9 and 10 (below) if you score 8 or above on the WPA.
  • Less than 8:
    • Ling/RWS 280– Required by the university
    • Ling/RWS 253 – Required by Liberal Studies
    • Use tables 7 and 8 (below) if you score lower than 8 on the WPA.

 

Suggested Course Sequences, Junior and Senior Year

Table 7: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Junior Year (score below 8 on WPA):

 Junior Semester IUnits Junior Semester II Units 
Additional major prep (see above for classes)9-9.5LS 3003
RWS 2803LING 4203
RWS 2533Math 1413


ENGL 306A 3
Pass Math Proficiency Assessment by April ENGL 306W (Required-pass the WPA or RWS 280)3
  15-15.5  15


Table 8: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Senior Year  (score below 8 on WPA):

 Senior Semester IUnits Senior Semester II Units 
Senior Assessment: LS 498 (CR/NCR only)1Statistics & Probability: MATH 312 3
PHYS 4124Visual/Performing Arts or Education #2 3
MATH 3133World History: HIST 4113
Visual/Performing Arts or Education #13MATH 413 (spring only)3
STAT 250 or 119 or MATH 1183MATH 3023
 
HIST 4133
  15 18 

Table 9: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Junior Year (score 8 or above on WPA):

 Junior Semester IUnits Junior Semester II Units 
Additional major prep (see above for classes)9-9.5HIST 411 or HIST 413 3
STAT 250 or 119 or MATH 1193LING 420 3
Intro. to Liberal Studies: LS 300 (field experience)3MATH 1413


ENGL 306A3
Pass Math Proficiency Assessment by April ENGL 306W (Required-pass the WPA or RWS 280) 3
  15  15


Table 10: Suggested Upper-Division Course Sequence - Senior Year (score 8 or above on WPA):

 Senior Semester IUnits Senior Semester II Units 
Senior Assessment: LS 498 (CR/NCR only)1MATH 312 3
Processes & Inquiry in Physics: PHYS 4124Visual/Performing Arts #2 3
MATH 3133HIST 411 or HIST 4133
Visual/Performing Arts #13MATH 413 (spring only)3
MATH 3023Cred. Prerequisites / electives3

 14
15

 

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