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

Prepare for a career as a middle and high school mathematics teacher by taking courses in math content knowledge and pedagogy, including classes at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. You’ll build on your prior course work in advanced math and can complete your program in as little as two semesters. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for New York State initial certification.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

Professional Licensure or Certification
Format
Full-time or Part-time
Credits
30–40, depending on your prior coursework
Start Date
Fall
Application Deadlines
Extended Deadline for International Students
Extended Deadline for Domestic Students

Throughout your curriculum, you’ll learn:

  • Core mathematics content knowledge and strategies for teaching mathematics to middle and high school students
  • Approaches for adapting curricula, assessments, and learning environments to meet the needs of students with disabilities in general education classrooms  
  • Integrating technology into the teaching of mathematics in middle and secondary school
     

Student Teaching in New York City Schools

The core field component of this program consists of two semesters of supervised student teaching at the middle and high school levels, allowing you to refine and reflect on your teaching practice in coordination with a supervising teacher and your NYU field supervisor. You will complete 100 hours of fieldwork prior to student teaching.

Contribute to Current Mathematics Education Research

You will have the opportunity to become involved in both professional activities and ongoing research projects in mathematics education. Our faculty conduct definitive research in mathematics education both nationally and globally, and continue to be active at the highest levels of professional associations and in current areas of mathematics research.

The program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification as a teacher of mathematics, grades 7–12, with an option to pursue a certificate extension to also teach grades 5–6. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a number of career paths, including:

  • Teacher of mathematics and related subjects, including computer science, in middle and high schools
  • Mathematics curriculum specialist, coordinator, or evaluator in schools and school districts
  • Researcher or teacher educator in colleges and universities
  • Trainer or specialist in applied mathematics in corporate and other private sector settings

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 Anne Burgunder at asb11@nyu.edu.

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Dual-Degree BA, Math/MA, Mathematics Education (for NYU College of Arts & Science students)

Complete two degrees in just five years on your path to becoming a middle or high school math teacher, curriculum specialist, researcher, and more with our dual-degree BA/MA.

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.