About the Program
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited
Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.
All teacher education programs include a clinical/field component. If you have been convicted of a felony, your criminal history record may impede your ability to complete this program and/or become a NYS certified teacher. Please review Buffalo State's Admission of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions Policy.
Completion of a Buffalo State Educator Preparation Program leads to a college recommendation for NYS Teacher Certification. Buffalo State cannot determine the acceptability of an Educator Preparation Program for licensure/certification in another U.S. state or territory. To access Buffalo State’s full Interstate Disclosure document, including a full list of education departments for other states, go to teachercertification.buffalostate.edu/teaching-other-states.
This program is designed to develop, enhance, and extend the content knowledge and professional competencies of secondary mathematics teachers.
All applicants for Professional Certification in New York State must show evidence of completing the required seminar in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training).
About the Mathematics Department
159 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5621
Fax: (716) 878-6107
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate mathematics courses.
2. Completion of at least 18 credit hours beyond calculus, including one semester of linear algebra or abstract algebra, one semester of geometry, and at least one semester of analysis, discrete mathematics, calculus-based probability, or calculus-based statistics. Those with minor deficiencies may enter the premajor program with written permission from the Mathematics Department chair; a copy of this statement will be filed in the Mathematics Department Office and the Graduate School.
3. Acceptance as a graduate student by the department chair and the Graduate School dean.
4. Initial certificate in Mathematics 7-12.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
Mathematics Courses (12-15 credit hours)
Select from the following: 12-15
MAT 501 MATH FOR TEACHERS: ALGEBRA
MAT 521 MATH FOR TEACHERS: GEOMETRY
MAT 581 MATHEMATICS FOR TEACHERS: PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
MAT 601 TOPICS IN MODERN ALGEBRA *1
MAT 611 TOPICS IN REAL ANALYSIS *1
MAT 620 MODERN GEOMETRY:SELECTED TOPICS (1-3)
MAT 631 FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS
MAT 651 THEORY OF NUMBERS
MAT 670 DISCRETE MATHEMATICS AND FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
MAT 681 INTERMEDIATE PROBABILITY
MAT 683 STATISTICAL THEORY
MAT 696 HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS
MAT 699 SELECTED ADVANCED TOPICS
MAT 701 MODERN ALGEBRA I
Mathematics Education Courses (6-9 credit hours)
Select from the following: 6-9
MED 601 SEMINAR IN THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS
MED 602 MATHEMATICS FOR THE SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER: SELECTED TOPICS
MED 604 TEACHING OF GEOMETRIC CONCEPTS
MED 605 TEACHING OF ALGEBRAIC CONCEPTS
MED 606 LOGO AND MATHEMATICS LEARNING
MED 607 TECHNOLOGY IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
MED 683 PROBLEM SOLVING AND PROBLEM POSING
Curriculum and Research Courses (6 credit hours)
MED 595 RESEARCH METHODS AND TECHNIQUES IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION 3
MED 600 CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT 3
Master's Project or Master's Thesis (3-6 credit hours)
MED 690 MASTER'S PROJECT 3-6
or MED 795 MASTER'S THESIS IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
Total Credit Hours 30
*1 Required if not part of student's undergraduate program.