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Education at Aquinas College

Language Arts & Mathematics Dual Minor – Elementary

Language Arts – Elementary

Certification/Endorsement Code: BX

Michigan Subject Area Test Code: 090

Programs: Elementary – Minor

Mathematics - Elementary

Certification/Endorsement Code: EXE

Michigan Subject Area Test Code: 089

Programs: Elementary – Minor

Language Arts Minor required courses (24 credit hours)

  • EH115 Understanding and Appreciating Literature
  • EH230 Modern Grammar
  • EN382 Teaching Children’s Literature
  • EN388 Young Adult Literature
  • EN400 Teaching Writing
  • EN443 Literacy for Diverse Learners
  • EN454 Content Area Literacy
  • EN463 Reading Practicum

Mathematics Minor required courses (24 credit hours)

  • MS114 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MS121 Calculus with Analytical Geometry
  • MS122 Calculus with Analytical Geometry
  • MS240 Discrete Mathematics
  • MS252 Statistics
  • MS282 Applied Statistics
  • MS351 History of Mathematics


  • EH115 Understanding and Appreciating Literature (3) AC

    Students in this course will read a range of literature from the genres of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama. A diversity of authors and time periods will be explored through the literature, arranged thematically or according to genre. Students will be introduced to those key craft elements of each genre, which makes the genre effective and unique, so that they can become more insightful about literature. Ultimately, the primary goal for students in this course is to understand and appreciate literature and perhaps, along the way fall in love with the work of a poet, a playwright, and a fiction and creative nonfiction writer.

  • EH230 Grammar of Modern English (3)

    Analysis of the language through traditional, structural, and transformational grammar. This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EN382/EH382 Teaching Children’s Literature (3)

    <p>Offered spring semester. Required for elementary reading minor. Not an education methods elective. This course presents a variety of literature and correlates texts with thought-provoking strategies to use in any classroom PreK-12. Topics include the principles of text selection to build community, ways to motivate learners, build content knowledge, nurture response, promote inquiry, and spur writing in an effort to promote lifelong literacy. Prerequisite: EN201/EN501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field component: one (1) read aloud in a classroom (daytime)</p>

  • EH388/EN388 Teaching Young Adult Literature (3)

    Required for elementary and secondary reading minors. Not an education method elective. This course will introduce students to significant young adult authors and their books and will introduce them to strategies for teaching literature to middle and high school students. In addition, techniques and principles in the selection, evaluation, and promotion of young adult literature will be discussed. This is a course that secondary English majors should take, and it would be helpful if students have fulfilled their Literary Studies requirement (either EH221 or EH222) before taking the course. Field component: none. Prerequisite: EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5 This course is not accepted for General Education credit.

  • EH/EN400 Teaching Writing (3) WI

    Offered fall semester. Secondary English majors and minors are required to take either EN400 or EH400. These courses cannot be double counted to fulfill requirements for both English major/minor and Education. This course introduces students to current theories about the teaching of writing, gives them practice as writers of expressive and expository writing, and provides them with practical strategies for teaching writing as a process in secondary classrooms. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field Component: variable hours tutoring at a self-selected grade level.

  • EN443/EN543 Literacy for the Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learner (3)

    Offered fall and summer semesters. Required for language arts, learning disabilities, ESL and reading endorsements. Not an education method elective. This course is designed to present effective literacy instruction for linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse students. Topics explored will include matching students to books, academic vocabulary instruction, classroom management, and classroom learning environment. Students will work in a diverse classroom throughout the semester, observing for literacy practices and assisting students with reading and writing needs. Prerequisite: EN442/541. Field component: thirty (30) hours tutoring in school setting (daytime).

  • EN454/EN554 Content Area Literacy (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. Required for secondary certification. Education method elective for elementary certification, particularly candidates interested in teaching middle school. This course is the study of literacy in content material across the curriculum for students in grades 6–12. Strategies are presented that enhance student comprehension while reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and doing an activity within a discipline. There is a fieldwork component, working with secondary students who need assistance in literacy strategies. In addition, Common Core State Standards will be incorporated into the study of content area literacy. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate. Field component: fifteen (15) hours.

  • EN463/EN643 Reading Practicum (3)

    Offered fall and spring semesters. This practicum provides supervised on-site experience applying the teaching and learning strategies, assessments and interventions in the area of reading education within a classroom and school. The student will be supervised on-site by a reading teacher, coach or specialist. The practicum may not be done concurrently with the directed student teaching placement. Prerequisite: EN201/501 or Michigan Teaching Certificate, all reading requirements and/or instructor approval. Field component: 120 hours.

  • MS114 Precalculus (4) MS

    Linear and quadratic functions; equations and inequalities; transformations; systems of linear equations and inequalities; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, and graphing; conic sections. Prerequisite: Three (3) years of college-preparatory math or MS111.

  • MS121 Calculus I (4) MS

    Functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, antiderivatives, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, solids of revolution. This course has five contact hours per week. Prerequisites: Three and one-half years of college-preparatory math, including trigonometry or MS114.

  • MS122 Calculus II (4) MS

    Inverse functions, integration techniques, integrals with applications, conic sections, polar coordinates, parametric equations, sequences and series. This course has five contact hours per week. Prerequisites: MS121

  • MS240 Discrete Mathematics (3) MS

    Develop basic techniques and modes of reasoning of combinatorial problem solving; describe and analyze the algebraic structures of certain set-relation systems; illustrate and analyze the wide variety of applications of discrete mathematics. The topics to be covered include mathematical induction, set theory, relations and functions, combinatorics, probability, graph theory, and mathematical logic. Prerequisite: MS121 or department approval.

  • MS252 Statistics (3)

    Designed for students who have had at least three (3) years of high-school mathematics or its equivalent. Topics to be covered include frequency distributions, variability, probability, sampling, estimation, testing, hypotheses, analysis of variance, regression and correlation analysis, and nonparametric tests. (Course counts as three (3) semester hours toward a minor, but only one (1) semester hour toward a major.) Prerequisite: MS114.This course is not accepted for the General Education Mathematics requirement.

  • MS282 Applied Statistics with R (3) MS

    The course is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of common statistical computing approaches and how to apply those approaches to common industry and research scenarios. Following completion of the course, students will possess the requisite programming skills to function as a programmer analyst in an analytical work environment. Topics include: importing/exporting data in various formats; character and numeric manipulation; merging; subsetting, and combining data sets; effective programing with common data structures; and producing high quality graphics and reports for end users. The free and open source R programming language will be used extensively throughout the course to teach fundamental programming concepts and applied statistical approaches. Introductory Statistics with R {Daalgard 2008} will serve as a supplemental text to aid in retention and understanding of the topics covered.

  • MS351 History of Mathematics (3) MS

    Survey of the development of mathematics from ancient to modern times. Prerequisite: MS122.