M.A. degree program in education: mathematics teacher (7-12)
HEGIS code 1701.01
NYS SED program code 26734

The Mathematics Department, in conjunction with the Department of Secondary Education, offers a master of arts degree in education for mathematics teachers (grades 7-12). The New York State Education Department licenses graduates of registered teacher education programs who meet the state requirements for teachers. Applicants must consult matriculation requirements for adolescence education and special subjects in the Department of Secondary Education section of the Bulletin, and should see the chairperson of the Department of Secondary Education for counseling.

The department also participates in a master of science degree program for middle childhood education specialists in math (grades 5-9), with extensions for gifted education at initial and professional certification levels.

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Rubel, Laurie Program Coordinator 718.951.5000 x3932 2416 James Hall lrubel @ brooklyn.cuny.edu;
seedinfo @ brooklyn.cuny.edu
Available by appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Education, Secondary Education
Mathematics
Fall Application Deadline May 15th - rolling admission
Spring Application Deadline November 15th - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit to the Office of Admissions official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, resume, photocopy of New York State or other state teaching certificate, a brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals. Interview with department.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 650, 280, 114
Examinations

 

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must offer an undergraduate degree in mathematics, mathematics education grades 7-12, or 18 credits in advanced mathematics including the following: multivariable calculus, linear algebra, abstract algebra, geometry, analysis/advanced calculus, probability and statistics, as approved by the chairperson of the mathematics department and the advisor of the mathematics education (7-12) program.

Applicants must also offer (a) or (b) or (c):

(a) New York State Initial Certification in Adolescence Education for grades 7-12 in teaching mathematics for grades 7-12;

(b) courses in education that meet the New York State standards for the pedagogical core. These courses include study of the following: history of education and philosophy of education or principles of education or educational sociology; educational psychology or developmental psychology or psychology of adolescence or adolescent development; classroom management; teaching students with special needs and English language learners; 6 credits in literacy and language acquisition; curriculum development and methods of assessing student learning; uses of technology in the classroom; methods of teaching mathematics in grades 7-12; 100 hours of fieldwork; 40 days or 300 hours of student teaching of mathematics in grades 7-12, or one year of full-time teaching of mathematics in grades 7-12; and submission of scores on the L.A.S.T.;

(c) an undergraduate degree with an appropriate major or appropriate course work in mathematics, and submission of scores on the Liberal Arts and Science test (L.A.S.T.).

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00. A minimum average of 3.00 in graduate courses is required to maintain matriculation.

International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 650 on the paper-based test or 280 on the computer-based test or 114 on the internet-based test before being considered for admission.

Applicants who have not completed all the specific course requirements are given individual consideration and may be admitted with conditions, with the approval of the head of adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education and the chairperson of the Mathematics Department.

Applicants must consult matriculation requirements for adolescence education and special subjects in the School of Education section of the Bulletin, and should see the head of adolescence education and special subjects for counseling.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission."

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Degree requirements
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Applicants will enter and complete the program, according to one of three options, depending on her or his 7-12 mathematics teaching certificate at the time of application.

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Option 1: For candidates of Transitional B Certification in 7-12 mathematics
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A minimum of 33 credits is required for the master's degree. Students must complete 33 credits in the following courses: All of the following: Math 7305T or 7517X, Math 7307T, Math 7309T or 7311T, and Education, 7671X, 7672T, 7461T, 7462T, 7463T, 7544T, and 7464T.

Students will progress through the course sequence as follows:

Summer 1: Education 7501X, Analysis of Classroom Interaction and Curriculum 3 credits

Summer 1: Education 7461T, Methods and Content 7-12: Number Operations and Algebra, 3 credits

Fall 1: Education 7462T, Methods and Content 7-12: Algebra and Geometry, 3 credits

Fall 1: Mathematics 7305T or 7517X, High School Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint or Number Theory, 4 credits

Spring 1: Education 7463T, Methods and Content 7-12: Probability, Data Analysis and Trigonometry, 3 credits

Spring 1: Mathematics 7307T, Geometry for High School Mathematics Teachers, 4 credits

Summer 2: Education 7500X, Perspectives on Education: Teaching Children and Adolescents in a Multicultural Context, 3 credits

Fall 2: Education 7544T, Advanced Seminar: Pedagogy & Curriculum in Mathematics, 3 credits

Fall 2: Mathematics 7309T, Theory of Functions for High School Mathematics Teachers, 4 credits

Spring 2: Education 7464T, Seminar in Applied Theory & Research in Mathematics Education, 3 credits

Spring 2: Mathematics 7311T, Teaching of Advanced Placement Calculus AB & BC, 4 credits


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Option 2: For holders of NYS Initial Certification in mathematics
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A minimum of 30 credits is required for the master's degree. Students must complete 30 credits in the following courses: All of the following: Math 7305T or 7517X, Math 7307T, Math 7309T or 7311T, and Education 7461T, 7462T, 7463T, 7544T, and 7464T. In addition, students will choose one elective from among Education 7671X, 7672T, 7502T, 7684T, 7472X, 7465, or 7503X.


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Option 3: For students without NYS Certification in mathematics
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A minimum of 40 credits is required for the master's degree. Students must complete 40 credits in the following courses: All of the following: Math 7305T or 7517X, Math 7307T, Math 7309T or 7311T, and Education 7501X, 7461T, 7462T, 7463T, 7500X, 7544T, and 7464T. In addition, they will complete Education 7503X, 7542T and 7543T.