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BS, Teaching Mathematics, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

Teach middle and high school students the mathematical skills they need for success. You’ll build a strong foundation of mathematics, learn pedagogical strategies, and gain hands-on experience through supervised student teaching placements at New York City public middle and high schools. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for initial teaching certification in Teaching Mathematics, grades 7–12, in New York State.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Science in Teaching Mathematics, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

Professional Licensure or Certification
Format
Full-time or Part-time
Credits
128-129
Start Date
Fall
Application Deadlines
Early Decision 1
Regular Decision and Early Decision 2
Internal Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications

You’ll take liberal arts, mathematics, and computer science courses in NYU's College of Arts and Science, and teaching methods and curriculum courses at NYU Steinhardt. Throughout your course work, you will learn:

  • Pedagogical and core content knowledge in teaching mathematics in grades 7–12 
  • Skills and strategies for teaching mathematics at the middle and secondary school levels
  • Approaches for working with adolescent learners in middle and high schools
  • Issues of gender and ethnicity in mathematics education
  • Strategies to help underrepresented students surmount learning barriers

We also offer a dual degree so you can earn a Mathematics BA from NYU’s College of Arts and Science and an MA in Teaching Mathematics from NYU Steinhardt in only five years. Learn more about the dual-degree option.

Student Teaching in New York City Schools

In your junior year, you will visit schools and observe practicing teachers in the classroom. In your senior year, you'll complete two semesters of student teaching in a public middle school and a public high school affiliated with our program, under the supervision of experienced mathematics teachers and our own faculty.

Focus on State-of-the-Art Teaching Methods

Study current developments in mathematics teaching as a context for reflecting on and thinking critically about your own teaching practice. Our curriculum integrates the latest recommendations from mathematics teaching organizations and national commissions on ways to improve mathematics education.  

A Variety of Academic Resources

Special resources available to you in the program include the internationally renowned NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the University’s numerous microcomputer centers. You'll be a part of a strong, supportive learning community and work with a range of students preparing to teach other secondary school subjects.

This program leads to eligibility for initial teaching certification in Teaching Mathematics, grades 7–12, in New York State. You’ll also be qualified to teach mathematics in grades 5 and 6, and be ready to take on careers such as:

  • Teacher of mathematics in middle and high schools
  • Mathematics curriculum specialist, coordinator, or evaluator in middle and high schools
  • Mathematics education specialist in government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and multinational corporations

Learn more about teacher certification and our degree's accreditation.

Questions 

If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Orit Zaslavsky at orit.zaslavsky@nyu.edu.

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Scholarships for Master's Study

If you’re interested in graduate study, we offer generous scholarships for advanced study to graduating seniors who want to continue on for a master's degree in NYU Steinhardt's Teaching and Learning Department.

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension visit NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.