Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12), B.A./B.S.

The B.A./B.S. program in Mathematics Education prepares graduates to foster a love of mathematics in their students, through engaging curriculum design, and instruction that adapts to the needs of all learners.

Students get a double major from both the School of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences, providing deep exploration into mathematics theory and practice, content instruction, culturally relevant pedagogy, integration of media and technology in the classroom, and standards-based assessments. This program meets the academic requirements for New York State initial teacher certification in Mathematics (Grades 7-12), with the option of either a B.S. or a B.A. degree.

Why Mathematics Education at Syracuse?

  • 98% of School of Education graduates are employed or in graduate school within 6 months.
  • We develop educators committed to equitable, antiracist, and inclusive practices. Graduates are ready to work with the full range of learners in schools, including students with disabilities, students who are not native English speakers, LGBTQ youth, and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • A total of 5 field placements start in your first year, including full-time student teaching experiences as a senior. Your field experiences are supported by faculty and experienced mentor teachers in a diverse range of urban, suburban, and rural settings.
  • Engage in rigorous professional preparation courses with a student cohort that progresses through the program together, providing opportunities to create lifelong colleagues. You’ll also have opportunities to work on research and projects with graduate students and faculty.
  • Syracuse University is the pioneer of experiential learning through SIMs—clinical simulations of common interactions in classroom and school environments to help you identify your strengths and develop your professional skills.
  • Two careers for the price of one—a major in Mathematics and a major in Mathematics Education gives you a leg up in both fields, preparing you for lesson planning or project management, problem solving in the STEM world or the classroom!
  • Take part in School of Education short-term study abroad trips or semester-long programs around the world. School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • Continue your graduate studies at the School of Education with our SOE 50% Master’s and Certificate of Advanced Study Scholarships.

As a School of Education student, you’ll enjoy small classes, personal advising, and a close-knit community with all the benefits of attending a dynamic research institution. You’ll work closely with our faculty of nationally recognized scholars as you develop your professional identity and portfolio and receive tailored career advising.

Graduates of this program have a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge, cutting-edge mathematics practices, and instructional best practices. Our graduates are in K-12 school, community, and other settings including:

Program Detail

There are two options for this program: a B.S. (bachelor of science) or B.A. (bachelor of arts) degree. The B.A. option is most common for math education students; the B.S. degree includes additional mathematics and lab science coursework.

As a student in the Mathematics Education program, you will combine studies in the secondary mathematics curriculum, education methods, classroom practicums, and academic requirements from the liberal arts core. You will choose courses to make up a major in Mathematics and liberal arts courses in collaboration with your advisors, allowing you to tailor them to your personal and professional interests. Mathematics content includes geometry, probability and statistics, linear and abstract algebra, statistical methods, and computer science math. Sample courses in your program may include:

  • Methods and Curriculum in Teaching Mathematics
  • Introduction of Number Theory
  • Adapting Instruction for Diverse Student Needs
  • Principles of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
  • History of Mathematics
  • Study of Teaching

Your first semester will include liberal arts electives, writing, and a calculus course. More information on academic requirements available in the Syracuse University Course Catalog for the B.S. program and the B.A. program.

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