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Adolescence Education, Mathematics

M.S.T. in Adolescence Education: Mathematics

The Adolescence Education, Mathematics program (MST in Mathematics Education) is a fully online program that skillfully combines adolescent grade level content with practical, research-based skills in how to effectively teach math in a variety of contexts. Graduates will know how to create engaging lessons all in alignment with Common Core standards. It requires completion of a bachelor’s degree (with equivalent major coursework) in Mathematics.

The Adolescence Education, Mathematics 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. 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 Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP) standards, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards, along with Advisory Board recommendations and alumni feedback.


Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate effective planning of classroom-based instruction.
  • demonstrate pedagogical and professional knowledge by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate materials, activities, and instructional strategies.
  • demonstrate positive effects on adolescent student learning.

Career Outlook

Employment of middle and high school teachers is projected to grow 4-5 percent from 2021 to 2031. Pay for middle and high school teachers and principals in New York is among the highest in the nation.

The American Dream

In the same amount of time that her classmates were getting their bachelor’s degrees, Miryam Veliz Calderon ’20 & ’21 graduated from SUNY Potsdam with an undergraduate degree in math and Spanish, followed by a master’s degree in secondary math education. With a unique combination of language, math, and teaching skills, Veliz Calderon was a hot commodity back home in Long Island, and was quickly landed a job at Islip Central Islip District after commencement as a bilingual math teacher working with immigrants who have recently arrived in the U.S.

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