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.
The mathematics education (7-12) postbaccalaureate teacher certification program leads to eligibility for a New York State initial certificate to teach mathematics in grades 7-12. This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in mathematics from an accredited college or university and intend to complete coursework required for New York State certification to teach mathematics.
In addition to academic requirements, students who are enrolled in teacher education programs leading to Initial Certification or Initial/Professional certification are required to complete all seminars specifically required by New York State for program completion and graduation, including School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; Alcohol and Other Drug Avoidance; Fire and Arson Safety; HIV and the Classroom; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). These seminar requirements are subject to change.
After successfully completing the teacher certification program and passing required New York State teacher certification exams, students are eligible to apply for New York State certification through the Teacher Certification Office, Chase Hall 222. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.
For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.
About the Mathematics Department
A238 Buckham Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5621
Fax: (716) 878-6107
1. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or an applied mathematics field from an accredited college or university with 36 credit hours of mathematics courses and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in mathematics courses.
2. Must have passed the New York State certification exams: the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) and the Mathematics Content Specialty Test for provisional/initial certification. Contact the Teacher Certification Office, (716) 878-6121, for details.
3. Two years of high school or one year of college-level foreign language.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
Requirements may be fulfilled entirely with graduate courses, entirely with undergraduate courses or with a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses. Graduate-level courses are numbered 500 and higher; undergraduate-level courses are numbered 100–499.
Mathematics Education Courses (18-25 credit hours)
MED 200 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING MATHEMATICS 7-12 AND FIELD EXPERIENCE 3
or MED 500 PRACTICUM I: GRADUATE FIELD EXPERIENCE IN SECONDARY MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
MED 307 USES OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS 3
or MED 607 TECHNOLOGY IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION
MED 383 LEARNING AND TEACHING PROBLEM SOLVING 3
Select one from the following: 3-4
MED 308 METHODS IN THE TEACHING OF SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS 3
MED 601 SEMINAR IN THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS
Select one from the following: 6-12
MED 407 STUDENT TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS IN JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL
& MED 408 and STUDENT TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS IN HIGH SCHOOL (12)
MED 501 PRACTICUM II: PRACTICE TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
& MED 502 and PRACTICUM III: PRACTICE TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL (6)
Professional Education Courses (13-15 credit hours)
SPF 303 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: MIDDLE AND SECONDARY EDUCATION 3
SPF 403 HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FORCES INFLUENCING SECONDARY EDUCATION 3
or SPF 525 PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
EDU 417 ADOLESCENT LITERACY 3
or EDU 609 RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN ADOLESCENT LITERACY
EDU 416 TEACHING LITERACY IN MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS 3
or EDU 513 THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN LITERACY INSTRUCTION
EXE 100 NATURE AND NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 1-3
or MED 524 MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL
Total Credit Hours 34-43