Mathematics

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To nurture middle school and high school students’ knowledge and appreciation of mathematics, a teacher needs more than a foundation in mathematics.

This program develops teacher candidates’ knowledge and understanding of adolescent learning and development, educational theory, and best practices in math education.

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June 30
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer (both sessions): April 15

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Adolescence Mathematics applicants can choose among three programs:

Adolescence Mathematics (36 credits)

This program prepares graduates to be classroom Mathematics teachers for grades 7-12. There is also an option to add an extension for grades 5-6.

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must have 30 college credits in mathematics courses, including at least one full year of calculus and a range of coursework in other areas of pure and applied mathematics.

Program Curriculum

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  • Adolescence Education Portfolio (CTGE0709)
  • Collaboration and Co-Teaching in Classroom Learning Environments (CTGE5166)
  • Developing Digital Literacies (CTGE6201)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (CTGE5547)
  • Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, and Future (CTGE5155)
  • Special Topic in Educational Technology (CTGE6200)
  • Teaching and Assessing Mathematics: Adolescents (CTGE5286)
  • Teaching and Learning Advanced Topics in Math (CTGE5285)
  • Teaching and Learning Foundational Topics and Math (CTGE5284)
  • Teaching and Learning Math in the Middle Grades (CTGE5283)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents: Development and Communities (CTGE5401)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 2: Assessment and Planning (CTGE5402)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 3: Differentiated Instruction (CTGE5403)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescent 4: Reflection and Innovation (CTGE5404)
  • Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Adolescents (CTGE5305)

Exceptional Adolescents: Mathematics (42 credits)

This program prepares graduates to be classroom Mathematics teachers for students with disabilities.

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must complete or have completed 18 credits or more in a mathematics major or concentration. In addition applicants must take a minimum of 9 credits with middle childhood focus.

Program Curriculum

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  • Adolescence Education Portfolio (CTGE0790)
  • *Assessment of All Learners with Disabilities (CTGE5170)
  • *Behavior Interventions and Effective Classroom Management (CTGE5167)
  • *Collaboration and Co-Teaching in Classroom/Learning Environments (CTGE5166)
  • Developing Digital Literacy (CTGE6201)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Learning and Literacy Across the Curriculum (CTGE5547)
  • *Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, Future (CTGE5155)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 1: Development and Communities (CTGE5401)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 2: Assessment and Planning (CTGE5402)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 3: Differentiated Instruction (CTGE5403)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 4: Reflection and Innovation (CTGE5404)
  • *Teaching English Language Arts and History in Inclusive Adolescence Classrooms (CTGE5175)
  • Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Adolescents (CTGE5305)
  • *Teaching Math and Science in Inclusive Adolescence Classrooms (CTGE5176)

*Courses require eight to 10 fieldwork hours with students with disabilities.

Mathematics Core

  • Teaching and Assessing Mathematics: Adolescents (CTGE5286)
  • Teaching Foundational Topics in Mathematics (CTGE5284)

General and Exceptional Adolescents: Mathematics (45 credits, dual certification)

This program prepares graduates to be classroom Mathematics teachers and Special Education teachers with an extension in Mathematics.

Admissions Prerequisites

Applicants must have an undergraduate major in mathematics or its equivalent with a minimum of 27 credits in specific mathematics content areas.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

  • Adolescence Education Portfolio (CTGE0790)
  • *Assessment of All Learners with Disabilities Disabilities (CTGE5170)
  • *Behavior Interventions and Effective Classroom Management (CTGE5167)
  • *Collaboration and Co-Teaching in Classroom/Learning Environments (CTGE5166)
  • Developing Digital Literacy (CTGE6201)
  • Historical, Philosophical, and Multicultural Foundations of American Education (UEGE5102)
  • Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum (CTGE5547)
  • *Special Education Foundations: Past, Present, Future (CTGE5155)
  • *Teaching English Language Arts and History in Inclusive Adolescence Classrooms (CTGE5175)
  • Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students (CTGE5305)
  • *Teaching Math and Science in Inclusive Adolescence Classrooms (CTGE5176)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 1: Development and Communities (CTGE5401)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 2: Assessment and Planning (CTGE5402)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 3: Differentiated Instruction (CTGE5403)
  • Teaching and Learning with Diverse Adolescents 4: Reflection and Innovation (CTGE5404)

*Require eight to 10 fieldwork hours with students with disabilities.

Mathematics Core

  • Teaching and Learning Foundational Topics and Math (CTGE5284)
  • Teaching and Assessing Mathematics: Adolescents (CTGE5286)
  • Teaching and Learning Math in the Middle Grades (CTGE5283)

Fieldwork Requirements

In the fall and spring semesters of the first year, students are in classrooms for three full days per week: observation for three weeks, then student teaching, in the same classroom, for ten weeks.

In the fall and spring semesters of the second year, students are in classrooms for five full days per week: observation for two weeks, then student teaching, in the same classroom, for twelve weeks.

Certification Information

The program leads to a Master of Science in Teaching degree and initial New York State certification.

Teacher candidates who meet all program requirements, complete the course of study and meet established field experience competencies are eligible for Fordham University’s endorsement for New York state initial certification in their program area. 

Pass rates for Fordham’s initial teacher education graduates on the NYSTCE Teacher exams have been over 95% each year.

Programs are open to all who qualify; however, only U.S. citizens or international students who possess a U.S. Green Card or H1-B visa may be recommended for New York State teacher certification. 

Adolescence Mathematics Contacts

45 Columbus Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-6400

Fax: 212-636-7106

Email: gse_admiss@fordham.edu