Mathematics and Instruction M.A. Program

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers courses designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in increasing their skills in mathematics and teaching. This program is a master's program leading to New York State professional certification, developed for those holding New York State initial teacher certification in mathematics, grades 7-12.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must:

  • hold a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • have initial New York State Teacher Certification in Mathematics Education, Grades 7 – 12.
  • demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study. (Above-average academic achievement in general and in the teaching specialization is required).
  • have completed a 3-4 credit course in vector calculus, a 3-4credit course in linear algebra and a 3-4 credit course in discrete mathematics. The required math prerequisites should have an average of B- or above.
  • have completed or be in the process of completing one year of supervised teaching and two or more years of teaching in content area.
  • provide two letters of recommendation.
  • completed course equivalent to ESC 506: Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings or EDS 701: Understanding Individuals with Disabilities. Applicants who have not taken such a course may be accepted, but must take a stand alone 3 credit course in teaching students with disabilities in addition to the program requirements.

Degree Requirements

21-24 credits in MAT 600 courses and above including MAT 601 (Secondary School Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint) and at least one course in each mathematical area: Analysis, Algebra, & Geometry

9 credits from School of Education with a GPA of B or better:

ESC 740Teaching Mathematics in Grades 7-10


ESC 748Teaching Problem Solving in Mathematics in Middle and High School


ESC 749Teaching Mathematics in Grades 11 and 12


Comprehensive exams based on four mathematics courses (3-4 credits each).