College of MicronesiaFSM
COURSE OUTLINE COVER PAGE
Math for Teachers 
MS/ED 110 

Course Title 
Department and Number 
Course Description:
This is a semester course that is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of basic mathematic concepts. It places emphasizes on the use of models, diagrams, manipulatives, applications, problem solving, and reasoning. Through the use of the handson activities in this course, students will gain and enhance their conceptual knowledge of arithmetic from counting to algebra.
The lessons are especially geared to provide ideas, models, and knowledge that are necessary for successfully teaching mathematics to elementary and middle school children.
Course Prepared by:  Math Division  State  Pohnpei National Campus 
Hours per Week  No. of Week  Total Hours  Semester Credits  
Lecture  3 
x  16 
x  48/16 
=  3 

Laboratory  x  x  =  
Workshop  x  x  =  
Total Semester 
Credits  3 
Purpose of Course:  Degree Requirement  X 
Degree Elective  X 

Certificate  
Other 
Prerequisite Course(s):  MS 098 Transition to Algebra  
Signature, Chairperson, Curriculum Committee 
Date Approved by Committee 



Signature, President, COMFSM 
Date Approved by President 
I. Course Objectives
A. General
1. Students will learn mathematics constructively through the appropriate use of manipulatives, models, and diagrams.
2. Students will acquire confidence in using mathematics meaningfully and be able to apply mathematical thinking and modeling to solve problems that arise in other disciplines, such as art, music, psychology, science, and business.
3. Students will be able to design handson activities in order to teach a variety of mathematical concepts ranging from counting to algebra to elementary and middle school children.
B. Specific
The student will be able to…1. use problemsolving approaches to investigate and understand mathematical content;
2. formulate problems from situations within and outside mathematics;
3. develop and apply a variety of strategies to solve multistep problems;
4. model situations using concrete, pictorial, graphical, and algebraic methods;
5. understand and apply reasoning processes, with special attention to spatial reasoning and reasoning with proportions and graphs;
6. develop number sense for whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, and rational numbers;
7. understand and apply ratios, proportions, and percents in a wide variety of situations;
8. investigate relationship among fractions, decimals, and percents;
9. represent numerical relationships in oneand twodimensional graphs.
10. develop and apply number theory concepts (e.g., primes, factors, and multiples) in realworld and mathematical problem situations;
11. describe, extend, analyze, and create a wide variety of patterns;
12. describe and represent relationship with tables, graphs, and rules;
13. use patterns and functions to represent and solve problems;
14. apply algebraic methods to solve a variety of realworld and mathematical problems;
15. analyze tables and graphs to identify properties and relationships;
16. visualize and represent geometric figures to develop spatial sense and explore spatial relations;
17. represent and solve problems using geometric models;
18. select appropriate units and tools to measure to the degree of accuracy required in a particular situation;
19. extend their understanding of the concepts of perimeter, area, volume, angle measure, capacity, and weight and mass;
20. develop formulas and procedures for determining measures to solve problems.
II. Textbook: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Conceptual Approach by Albert B. Bennett, Jr. and L. Ted Nelson
III. Required Course Materials: Basic calculator
IV. Reference materials: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: An Activity Approach by Albert B. Bennett, Jr. and L. Ted Nelson. (Student resource book)
Investigating Mathematics, An Interactive Approach, Hatfield, Glencoe 1994.
How Math Works, Vorderman, Reader's Digest, 1996
V. Instructional Costs: A variety of inexpensive materials will be needed for the handson based activities, and will be provided by the Math/Science and Education Divisions.
VI. Methods of Instruction: Activities are used as starting points, followed by discussions or lectures based on extensions of the ideas raised in the investigations.
VII. Evaluation: Students will be given frequent assignments, both individual and smallgroups based. Several exams will be spread over the term to assess student understanding of the course material.
VIII. Credit by Examination: None
IX. Attendance Policy: As per College policy in the current catalog.