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M.S.T. in Adolescence Education: Mathematics

Importance of Mathematics

Mathematics is of utmost importance because of the role it plays in almost every aspect of our daily lives.  Math teachers equip our citizens to make informed decisions about the socio-economic and scientific issues we face in modern society. 

Importance of Mathematics

Mathematics is of utmost importance because of the role it plays in almost every aspect of our daily lives.  Math teachers equip our citizens to make informed decisions about the socio-economic and scientific issues we face in modern society. 

The Master of Science in Teaching Adolescence Education program in Mathematics is designed in accordance with The New York State Education Department’s certification regulations, the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, along with Advisory Board recommendations and alumni feedback.  The program leads to Initial/Professional Certification in Adolescence Education: Mathematics (grades 7-12), with a possible extension for Middle Childhood Education: Mathematics (grades 5-6).

What You Will Learn:

  • Effective research-based teaching practices to make mathematics exciting and accessible in the classroom. 
  • Core content knowledge and strategies to create engaging lesson plans in alignment with Common Core Mathematics Standards.
  • Approaches for effectively teaching students to ask good questions, think logically and solve complex problems; skills that help learners excel across all subjects.
  • Creative techniques for integrating technology into the teaching of mathematics.
  • Multiple opportunities to grow, take risks, and develop your own teaching style.
  • The perspectives and skills necessary to meaningfully connect math to the lives of students, ensuring that young people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equitable access to high quality math education.

The Fieldwork Experience:

  • Completion of 100 hours of fieldwork in a local school prior to student teaching, gaining hands-on understanding of educational environments and innovative teaching strategies used in today's classrooms.
  • One semester of student teaching, including two distinct placements in the middle and high school level.
  • A close relationship with your field supervisor, who is committed to offering the support and insight you need to reach your highest potential as an educator.

Unique Program Features:

  • Student teaching placements frequently result in full-time employment upon graduation.Our faculty has a large network of contacts in the field that lead to information about job opportunities, and our graduates regularly call for recommendations to fill positions.
  • Small class sizes offer the opportunity to build close relationships with professors and fellow math teacher candidates. Students graduate with a cohort who provides support throughout the length of their future careers.
  • Opportunities are offered to attend the annual Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS) conference, gaining invaluable insight into the field.


“The graduate program provides students with the ability to grow their skills and knowledge, through exemplary guidance and support.  I would not be as successful as I have been if it were not for my SUNY Potsdam degrees.  ” ~ Mark Millward

Admissions FAQs

48
credits

Minimum Credits

15
months

Approximate minimum time to complete (assumes full time attendance)

Rolling
rolling

Deadline to submit application materials

Fall
summer

Start date
 
Program Contacts

Admissions / General Information Center for Graduate Studies
(800) 458-1142 / (315) 267-2165
Raymond Hall 206
graduate@potsdam.edu www.potsdam.edu/graduate

Program-Related Information
Peter Brouwer
Department Chair / Professor
Satterlee 107 (315) 267-2535
brouweps@potsdam.edu

Don Straight
Professor / Program Coordinator
Satterlee 216A
(315) 267-2553
straigdc@potsdam.edu