Math Education

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

Prepare for a career as a teacher of middle and high school mathematics. In this master of arts program, you'll take courses in content knowledge and pedagogy and have the option to take classes at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. This variable-credit program requires 30-40 credits depending on your prior coursework in advanced math, and can be completed in as little as two semesters.

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. A professional certification option is also available.

What 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

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

How you'll learn

Core Courses, Pedagogical Content, and Content Courses
The curriculum for this master's degree includes courses in mathematics content, pedagogy, and content knowledge in teaching mathematics. If you have the appropriate mathematical background, you may also take content courses at NYU Courant.

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 student teaching.

Contribute to Current Mathematics Education Research
As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to become involved in both professional activities and ongoing research projects in mathematics education. Our program faculty also serve as the directors and coordinators of numerous teacher training and research projects in which you will have the opportunity to participate.

Study with Distinguished Mathematics Faculty
Our faculty have conducted 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. Current faculty include:

Prepare for a career as a
  • 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
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 information about this master's program, please contact

Anne Burgunder
Program Director
East Building, 6th Floor
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003