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Mathematics for Elementary Education (minor)

SJC’s Mathematics for Elementary Education minor is open to Elementary Education majors only. The 18-credit hour minor is designed to give SJC students the knowledge they will need to effectively specialize in teaching mathematics to elementary school students. 



Only available as a minor

Why Mathematics for Elementary Education?

  • 1 Minoring in Mathematics for Elementary Education will make you a more marketable educator.
  • 2 As an elementary school teacher, you will teach children with different capabilities. Therefore, you will need to know how to meet each student’s needs to help him or her excel. Minoring in Elementary Education Mathematics will give you the extra knowledge you need to help make your students successful.
  • 3 Although studying Elementary Education Mathematics will be useful in your teaching career, studying mathematics will also further develop your analytical, logic, critical thinking, reasoning, and organizational skills. These skills will make you marketable in other professions and be useful in everyday life.

Careers in Mathematics for Elementary Education 

  • Math Teacher (K-6)
  • Remedial Teacher
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Teacher (K-6)
  • Math Tutor

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Indiana University
  • DePaul University
  • William & Mary
  • Illinois State University

Why Study Mathematics for Elementary Education at Saint Joseph's College?


As a Mathematics for Elementary Education minor, much of your time will be spent earning your BS in Elementary Education with our accredited Education Division; however, if you choose to minor in Mathematics for Elementary Education, you will also have the privilege of working with the SJC Department of Mathematics. In order to help you possess the knowledge you will need to be a successful teacher, the SJC Department of Mathematics offers courses such as Math as a Human Pursuit, Discrete Math, Calculus, Methods of Teaching Mathematics, and more.

Hands-on Experience

While our Education Division ensures that you will receive the hands-on experience you need to be ready to run your own classroom, the Department of Mathematics also promises to give you practical application. At SJC, we pride ourselves on having facilities comparable to a large university but with a more personal atmosphere. SJC's Department of Mathematics has high quality equipment and is constantly in search of new technology. Thanks to the Vernier Grant, students have access to new technology that shows them how Mathematics can be applicable to the real world.

Dedication to Excellence

The SJC Mathematics faculty members take pride in having many years of experience in the education of future teachers. Our Mathematics faculty are dedicated to their students and getting to know them individually. As a result, our faculty members are able to build on students’ strengths and give students the back ground that they need to become exceptional teachers.  

Faculty and Class Size

The Department of Mathematics at SJC consists of faculty members who hold master’s or doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise.The average class size ranges between 10 and 15 students.

Explore the Core
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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.