MST in Adolescence Education: Mathematics

Contact Person:
Don Straight, Program Coordinator
216A Satterlee, (315) 267-2553  (

The Adolescence Education Program with Middle Childhood Extension for teaching mathematics is designed to meet changes based on The New York State Education Department’s new regulations on Teacher Education, the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) standards, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, along with Advisory Board recommendations and alumni feedback. The Mathematics Education MST program is nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The program leads to Initial/Professional Adolescence Education, Mathematics (grades 7–12) with an extension for Middle Childhood Mathematics Education (grades 5–6) certification.

Requirements for Admission

  1. This program is intended for candidates who do not hold a teaching certificate and seek to earn certification for teaching Mathematics in Adolescence Education (grades 7–12) with an extension for Middle Childhood Mathe­matics Education (grades 5–6). Candidates will undergo a transcript review in order to determine the completion of prerequisites.
  2. An undergraduate major equivalent to a SUNY Potsdam undergraduate major in mathematics, as well as six hours of a foreign language, is required for admission.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (A=4.0) in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate study.
  4. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 in the mathematics major.
  5. Submission of three letters of recommendation from persons who can provide information about the academic and teaching potential of the applicant (e.g., former or current professors, school administrators, etc.).
  6. Candidates may begin enrollment in  the summer term only.

Additional Degree Information
Candidates are strongly encouraged to review the Policies and Procedures in the Graduate Catalog focusing on the specific information related to education programs.

All degree candidates are required to create a comprehensive portfolio, modeled after the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification process. The purpose of this culminating experience is to give students an opportunity to document and synthesize their professional development, as well as to lay the foundation for future development. The Portfolio/Culminating Experience may be taken for 0 or 3 credits and used to fulfill elective credit hours with prior approval of the adviser.

While not required for degree completion, candidates are required to complete all New York State teaching requirements to earn certification. This will include enrollment in HLTH 230 School Health (CA, SAVE) (2 credits) and successful passing of all applicable New York State Teacher Certification Exams: Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), Assessment of Teacher Skills–Written (ATS–W), and the Content Specialty Test: Mathematics (CST).

Student progress is carefully monitored throughout the program based on demonstration of appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions. Students are provided with information on program expectations in their first semester. Students not making satisfactory progress will be counseled by their advisor and may be dropped from the program.

Course Requirements
A minimum of 48 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required for the granting of the Master of Science in Teaching, Mathematics, Adolescence Education degree. Additionally, candidates will complete HLTH 230 (2 credits) to satisfy certification requirements for a total of 50 credit hours. The 50 credit hours are divided as follows:

Required Courses28
GRED 556 Reading in the Middle and Secondary School
GRED 557 Writing in the Middle and Secondary School
GRED 568 Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School
GRED 569 Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary
GRED 578 Practicum in Middle School Mathematics
GRED 579 Practicum in Secondary School Mathematics
GRED 600 Philosophical Foundations of Education
GRED 667 Topics and Research in Mathematics Education 3
GRED 677* Development and Learning in Adolescence
SPED 505 Introduction to Special Education
* GRED 677 is required if the candidate’s undergraduate work does not include a course in developmental, adolescent or educational psychology. If a candidate has previously satisfied the GRED 677 requirement, then a second elective will be selected with prior advisor approval.
Technology Elective
GRED 534 Teaching Math in a Technological World  
OR another technology course selected with prior advisor approval
Education Elective
One graduate education course selected with prior advisor approval 
Certification Requirement
HLTH 230 School Health (CA, SAVE)
Student Teaching
GRED 676 Student Teaching Seminar: Policies and Practice in American Education
GRED 694 Student Teaching in the Middle/Jr. High School (7–9)
GRED 697 Student Teaching in the Senior High School (10–12)
Total credit hours

Full-time Sample Schedule for MST Adolescence, ­Mathematics
Summer I
GRED 556*
GRED 568*
GRED 578* 
GRED 600
GRED 677

Fall I
GRED 534
GRED 557
SPED 569
GRED 579
SPED 505

Spring I
Student Teaching
GRED 676
GRED 694
GRED 697
Summer II
GRED 667
*These courses are prerequisites for courses taken in the fall and must be completed in the summer. Candidates considering part-time study should contact the advisor.