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M.S.Ed. Program in Mathematics Education, Middle Childhood Education (5-9) or Adolescent Education (7-12).

The graduate program for middle and high school mathematics teachers leads to a Master of Science in Education degree. Registered with the State Education Department, this program leads to both initial and professional certification to teach mathematics in grades 5-9 or 7-12, provided all other requirements have been satisfied.

A. To be eligible for the Master's in Mathematics Education for Grades 5-9, candidates must fall into one of the following categories:

Sequence 1 (36-42 credits). For liberal arts and sciences graduates who have completed 18 credits in mathematics, including Calculus I and Calculus II, but who lack professional education coursework.

Sequence 2 (35-38 credits). For teachers who hold a Transitional B certificate in Mathematics from New York State through special CUNY and NYCDOE programs.

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university with an overall index of 2.7 or better.

2. Mathematics course work of at least 18 credits that include Calculus I and II, with an overall index of 2.7 or better in all mathematics courses taken.

3. For Sequence 2, must hold a valid Transitional B Certificate from NYSED.

4. Submission of scores on the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and the New York State Content Specialty Test (CST) in Mathematics.

5. If conditionally admitted, make up requirements starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.

6. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a college or university instructor of mathematics.

7. A 500 word essay on career goals.

8. A personal interview.

Degree Requirements (5-9)

Students must consult with a Mathematics Education advisor before starting their master's program and must plan their overall program with the advisor during their semester of attendance. Students must complete one of the two sequences outlined below

Sequence 1. (1) 33 credits of prescribed course work; (2) 3-6 credits of supervised fieldwork; (3) A comprehensive examination OR research project (3); and (4) Maintain B average.

Sequence 2. (1) 33 credits of prescribed course work; (2) 2 credits of supervised fieldwork; (3) A comprehensive examination OR research project (3); and (4) Maintain B average.

Overview of the Program (5-9)

Sequence 1 students must successfully complete:

● 15-18 credits of Core Education Courses, including 3-6 credits of supervised fieldwork and 3 credits of special education coursework.

● 9 credits in pedagogical content in mathematics education.

● 12 credits in mathematics.

● A comprehensive written examination or research project after all course work has been completed. Students who elect to conduct a research project must enroll in 3 additional credits of research-related course work.

Sequence 2 (Transitional B-Grades 5-9) students must successfully complete:

● 14 credits of Core Education Courses, including 2 credits of supervised fieldwork and 3 credits of special education coursework.

● 9 credits in pedagogical content in mathematics education.

● 12 credits in mathematics.

● A comprehensive written examination or research project after all course work has been completed. Students who elect to conduct a research project must enroll in 3 additional credits of research-related course work.

Curriculum

Sequence 1 (Grades 5-9) 36-42 credits

I. Core Education Courses: (15-18 credits)

ESC 501: Educational Psychology (3)

ESC 502: Historical and Social Foundations of Education (3)

ESC 506: Special Needs Education in Secondary Settings (3)

ESC 532: Teaching Mathematics in Middle and High School (3)

AND

ESC 595: Internship in Mathematics (2)

and ESC 611 (1) OR

ESC 596: Student Teaching in Mathematics (3) and ESC 612 (3).

II. Pedagogical Content in Mathematics Education (9 credits)

ESC 740: Teaching Mathematics in Grades 7-10 (3)

ESC 742: Research in Mathematics Education (3)

ESC 748: Teaching Problem Solving in Mathematics in Middle & High School (3)

III. Mathematics (12 credits)

MAT 601: Secondary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint (3)

MAT 602: Introduction to Number Theory & Modern Algebra (3)

MAT 655: Exploring Mathematics Using Technology (2)

MAT 661: History of Mathematics (4)

IV. Culminating Experience (0-3 credits)

ESC 706: Research in Problems of Teaching a Specialized Subject (1)

ESC 707: Project Seminar (2) OR

Comprehensive Examination (0 credit)

Sequence 2 (Transitional B Sequence for Grades 5-9) 35-38 credits

I. Core Education Courses: (14 credits)

ESC 501: Educational Psychology (3)

ESC 502: Historical and Social Foundations of Education (3)

ESC 506: Special Needs Education in Secondary Settings (3)

ESC 532: Teaching Mathematics in Middle and High School (3)

AND

ESC 595: Internship in Classroom Teaching (1) and ESC 611 (1);

II. Pedagogical Content in Mathematics Education (9 credits)

ESC 740: Teaching Mathematics in Grades 7-10 (3)

ESC 742: Research in Mathematics Education (3)

ESC 748: Teaching Problem Solving in Mathematics in Middle & High School (3)

III. Mathematics (12 credits)

MAT 601: Secondary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint (3)

MAT 602: Introduction to Number Theory & Modern Algebra (3)

MAT 655: Exploring Mathematics Using Technology (2)

MAT 661: History of Mathematics (4)

IV. Culminating Experience (0-3 credits)

ESC 706: Research in Problems of Teaching a Specialized Subject (1)

ESC 707: Project Seminar (2) OR Comprehensive Examination (0 credit)

Continuation Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout the course of study.

B. To be eligible for the Master's in Mathematics Education for Grades 7-12, candidates must fall into one of the following categories:

Sequence 3 (42- 48 credits). For liberal arts and sciences graduates who do not hold a bachelor's degree in mathematics but who have completed 15 credits in mathematics, including Statistics, Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, and History of Mathematics, but who lack professional education coursework.

Sequence 4 (36-42 credits). For candidates who hold a bachelor degree in mathematics only, but who lack professional education coursework.

Sequence 5 (35-38 credits). For teachers who hold a bachelor's degree in mathematics AND a Transitional B Certificate in Mathematics from New York State through special CUNY and NYCDOE programs.

Admission Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university with an overall index of 2.7 or better.

2.

● For Sequence 3: Mathematics course work to include Statistics; Calculus I; Calculus II; Linear Algebra; and History of Mathematics; with an overall index of 2.7 or better in all mathematics courses taken;

● For Sequence 4: Mathematics major;

● For Sequence 5: Mathematics major AND NYS Transitional B Certificate.

3. Submit scores on the New York State the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) and the New York State Content Specialty Test (C.S.T.) in Mathematics.

4. If conditionally admitted, make up requirements starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.

5. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a college or university instructor of mathematics.

6. A 500-word essay on career goals.

7. A personal interview.

Degree Requirements (Grades 7-12)

Students must consult with a Mathematics Education advisor before starting their master's program and must plan their overall program with the advisor during their first semester of attendance. Students must complete one of the three sequences outlined below:

Sequence 3. (1) 39 credits of prescribed course work including 3 credits of special education coursework; (2) 3-6 credits of supervised fieldwork; (3) A comprehensive examination OR research project (3); and (4) Maintain B average.

Sequence 4. (1) 33 credits of prescribed course work including 3 credits of special education coursework; (2) 3-6 credits of supervised fieldwork; (3) A comprehensive examination OR research project (3); and (4) Maintain B average.

Sequence 5. (1) 33 credits of prescribed course work including 3 credits of special education coursework; (2) 2 credits of supervised fieldwork; (3) A comprehensive examination OR research project (3); and (4) Maintain B average.

Overview of the Program

Sequence 3 (Grades 7-12) students must successfully complete:

● 15-18 credits of Core Education Courses, including 3-6 credits of supervised fieldwork and 3 credits of special education coursework.

● 12 credits in pedagogical content in mathematics education.

● 15 credits in mathematics. Students who lack History of Mathematics as a prerequisite must register for MAT 661.

● A comprehensive written examination or research project after all course work has been completed. Students who elect to conduct a research project must enroll in 3 additional credits of research-related course work.

Note: Students who lack full-time experience as a mathematics teacher in grades 7-12 prior to completion of the program must register for 6 credits of supervised student teaching in lieu of the 3 credits of supervised fieldwork.

Sequence 4 (Math majors who do NOT hold a NYS Transitional B Certificate, 7-12) students must successfully complete:

● 15-18 credits of Core Education Courses, including 3-6 credits of supervised fieldwork and 3 credits of special education coursework;

● 12 credits in pedagogical content in mathematics education.

● 9 credits in mathematics electives to be chosen in consultation with a program advisor.

● A comprehensive written examination or research project is required after all course work has been completed. Students who elect to conduct a research project must enroll in 3 additional credits of research-related course work.

Note: Students who lack full-time experience as a mathematics teacher in grades 7-12 prior to completion of the program must register for 6 credits of supervised student teaching in lieu of the 3 credits of supervised fieldwork.

Sequence 5 (Math Majors who hold a NYS Transitional B Certificate, 7-12) students must successfully complete:

● 15-18 credits of Core Education Courses, including 3-6 credits of supervised fieldwork and 3 credits of special education coursework;

● 12 credits in pedagogical content in mathematics education.

● 9 credits in mathematics electives to be chosen in consultation with a program advisor.

● A comprehensive written examination or research project after all course work has been completed. Students who elect to conduct a research project must enroll in 3 additional credits of research-related course work.

Curriculum

Sequence 3 (Grades 7-12)

42- 48 credits

I. Core Education Courses: (15-18 credits): ESC 501 (3); ESC 502 (3); ESC 506 (3); ESC 532 (3); AND ESC 595 (2) and ESC 611 (1) OR ESC 596 (3) and ESC 612 (3);

II. Pedagogical Content in Mathematics Education (12 credits): ESC 740 (3); ESC 742 (3); ESC 748 (3); ESC 749 (3);

III. Mathematics (15 credits): MAT 601 (3); MAT 604 (3); MAT 637 (4); MAT 655 (2); MAT 615 (3). Culminating Experience (0-3 credits) Research project or comprehensive examination. Students who elect to write a Master's thesis must concurrently enroll in ESC 706 (1) and ESC 707 (2).

Sequence 4 (Grades 7-12)

36-42 credits

I. Core Education Courses: (15-18 credits): ESC 501 (3); ESC 502 (3); ESC 506 (3); ESC 532 (3); AND ESC 595 (2) and ESC 611 (1) OR ESC 596 (3) and ESC 612 (3);

II. Pedagogical Content in Mathematics Education (12 credits): ESC 740 (3); ESC 742 (3); ESC 748 (3); ESC 749 (3);

III. Mathematics (9 credits): Three graduate electives in mathematics chosen in consultation with a program advisor;

IV. Culminating Experience (0-3 credits) Research project or comprehensive examination. Students who elect to write a Master's thesis must concurrently enroll in ESC 706 (1) and ESC 707 (2).

Sequence 5 (Transitional B Sequence for Grades 7-12)

35-38 credits

I. Core Education Courses: (14 credits): ESC 501 (3); ESC 502 (3); ESC 506 (3); ESC 532 (3); ESC 595 (1) and ESC 611 (1);

II. Pedagogical Content in Mathematics Education (12 credits): ESC 740 (3); ESC 742 (3); ESC 748 (3); ESC 749 (3);

III. Mathematics (9 credits)

Three graduate electives in mathematics chosen in consultation with a program advisor;

IV. Culminating Experience (0-3 credits)

Research project or comprehensive examination. Students who elect to write a Master's thesis must concurrently enroll in ESC 706 (1) and ESC 707 (2).

Last modified: 3/11/2014