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Liberal Studies
SDSU Liberal Studies

Elementary Education Emphasis - Mathematics Focus

On this page: Learn about the elementary education emphasis with a focus on mathematics education, and find links to the course list and options for this emphasis, including the middle school teaching option.

Note: The following information applies to Liberal Studies majors entering the program in catalog year 2014 and later. If you began your studies during catalog years 2011-13, find guidance on completing your degree.

About the Mathematics Focus

Students who choose the Mathematics Focus learn to think like mathematicians as they build breadth and depth in their subject area. These students will be able to obtain a multiple subject credential to teach elementary school. Note that the Mathematics Focus requires calculus.

The Mathematics Focus also provides pathways to middle school science teaching. Because certified mathematics teachers are in demand, a Math Focus may give new teachers a hiring advantage.

Submit Choice of Content Focus Form

When you have decided which content focus you wish to pursue, complete and submit the Choice of Content Focus Form. (You may change your mind later, but you will need to submit a new form). Download the form.

Course List


Optional courses are 6 to 7 units that you can choose to take based on your interests and professional goals.

Options within the Mathematics Focus

Depending on your chosen option, the Mathematics Focus can:

  • Lead to the TESL certificate
  • Help you prepare for a bilingual credential program
  • Help you prepare for a special education credential
  • Help prepare you to teach mathematics at the middle school level

Learn more about the Liberal Studies option requirement.

Credential Program Testing Requirements & Prerequisites

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