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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.

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, Caudell Hall 101. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

**Financial Assistance:** For financial aid purposes, students are considered fifth-year undergraduates, eligible for undergraduate loans.

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 2.5 (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 the Graduate 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 credits***Select one course from the following:*

MED 200 Field Experience in Secondary Education Mathematics

MED 500 Practicum I: Graduate Field Experience in Secondary Mathematics Education

*Select one course from the following:*

MED 307 Uses of Technology in the Teaching of Mathematics

MED 607 Technology in Mathematics Education

*Select one option from the following:*

MED 308W Methods in the Teaching of Secondary School Mathematics and

MED 300 Field Experience: Methods in the Teaching of Secondary School Mathematics (1)

or

MED 601 Seminar in the Teaching of Mathematics

*Select one course from the following:*

MED 383W Learning and Teaching Problem Solving

MED 683 Problem Solving and Problem Posing

*Select one option from the following:*

MED 407 Student Teaching of Mathematics in Junior High/Middle School (6)

MED 408 Student Teaching of Mathematics in Senior High School (6)

or

MED 501 Practicum II: Practice Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School

MED 502 Practicum III: Practice Teaching Mathematics in the High School

**Professional Education Courses 13-15 credits***Select one course from the following:*

SPF 303 Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education

SPF 503 Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education

*Select one course from the following:*

SPF 403 Historical and Philosophical Forces Influencing Secondary Education

SPF 525 Philosophy of Education

*Select one course from the following:*

EDU 417 Adolescent Literacy

EDU 609 Literacy Instruction in the Upper Grades

*Select one course from the following:*

EDU 416 Teaching Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools

EDU 513 Survey of Reading Instruction

*Select one course from the following:*

EXE 100 Nature and Needs of Individuals with Special Needs

MED 524 Mathematics Instruction at the Secondary Level (1)

**Total Required Credit Hours 31-40 credits**

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.