Math Education

BS in Teaching Mathematics, Grades 7-12, Initial Certification

Teach middle- and high-school students the mathematical skills they need for success. In this bachelor of science program, you will 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. 

This program leads to eligibility for initial teaching certification in Teaching Mathematics, grades 7-12, in New York State and most other states. It also qualifies you to teach mathematics in grades 5 and 6.

What you'll 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

See the curriculum and requirements for this bachelor's degree. 

How you'll learn

Student Teaching in New York City Schools
In your junior year, you 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.  

Commitment to Educational Equality in Mathematics
Our program is committed to creating greater educational equality for all students. You will study issues of gender and ethnicity in mathematics education and develop strategies to help underrepresented students surmount learning barriers. 

A Variety of Academic Resources
Take liberal arts, mathematics, and computer science courses in the College of Arts and Science, and teaching methods and curriculum courses at NYU Steinhardt. Special resources available to you in the program include the internationally renowned 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. 

Financial Support 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.

Who you'll study with

Our faculty is involved in cutting edge research and development projects and represent the university and program on national and international commissions. You'll work closely and have daily contact with our core faculty, who include:

Prepare for careers in
  • 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
Dual degree option: BA in Mathematics/MA in Teaching Mathematics, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

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.

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 this program may also be eligible for 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 and how, see NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.

For more details about the prerequisites and requirements, and for program recruitment events, please email the Undergraduate Advising Team at
Program Leader

Orit Zaslavsky
Program Director
East Building, 6th Floor
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003-6647