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Mathematics Education Minor

Our Mathematics Minor is offered to majors in Early/Middle Childhood Education and Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education.

Engaging children in learning mathematics is exciting, vital work. In this course of study you will:

  • Deepen your knowledge of the math you will teach
  • Develop an understanding of the ways children learn
  • Broaden your knowledge of the school math curriculum
  • Develop your math problem-solving ability, persistence and confidence
  • Develop a hands-on understanding of how technology-rich environments can support math learning
  • Learn how to find and use the rich array of math education resources available to today's teacher. A few of these resources include federally supported curriculum programs; curriculum enrichment materials; professional organizations, their conferences and Web sites; technology training workshops and Wisconsin's lively math teacher networks.

Alverno's math minor meets Wisconsin guidelines for a certifiable minor in math. A concentration in math will help you land a great teaching job. In fact, many states and school districts are coming up with new incentives and strategies to increase the number of math and science teachers. Many Alverno alumnae with a math support have moved up in their schools or school districts to become math specialists or curriculum directors.

An Alverno College graduate with a minor in mathematics/elementary education-early childhood will demonstrate the ability:

  • to read, write, listen, and speak mathematics effectively
  • to use the language, frameworks, and processes of mathematics effectively
  • to formulate and solve diverse mathematical problems and interpret results
  • to use mathematical abstraction

An Alverno College graduate with a minor in mathematics/elementary education-middle school will demonstrate the ability:

  • to read, write, listen, and speak mathematics effectively
  • to use the language, frameworks, and processes of mathematics effectively
  • to formulate and solve diverse mathematical problems and interpret results
  • to use mathematical abstraction

Faculty

Lois Kailhofer, Ph.D.

Lois received her undergraduate degree in math and physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Her Ph.D. work was in dynamical systems. She currently teaches the math education courses for future elementary and middle school teachers. She also teaches geometry and algebra. She is currently interested in cognitive research related to teaching and learning.

Susan Pustejovsky, Ph.D.

Susan teaches calculus, applied mathematics, mathematical problem solving, and a variety of courses at every level. She works closely with future secondary mathematics teachers. Current research interests include visualization to expand mathematical thinking, and improving mathematics education at the college level. Susan has a Masters degree in German language and literature as well as a PhD in Mathematics from Marquette University. In 2016, she celebrates 25 years as an Alverno faculty member.

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