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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’s Department of Teaching and Leadership 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?

  • 92% of School of Education students are employed or in graduate school within 6 months, and mathematics education students have a 100% pass rate on the New York State edTPA examination.
  • Participate in EDU Sims, which are standardized simulations of common interactions in classroom and school environments to help you identify your strengths and develop your professional skills.
  • A total of 5 field placements starting in your first year, including 2 full-time student teaching experiences in your senior year.
  • Collaboration in the classroom and research between cohorts of undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world, working closely to develop their knowledge and skill as teachers.
  • Two jobs 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 mathematics world or the classroom!
  • Mathematics education students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in one of over 60 countries and take part in School of Education short-term study abroad programs. Through the Himan Brown Fellowship, School of Education students are also eligible for exclusive funding to support study abroad experiences.
  • With a Syracuse University bachelor’s degree, you are eligible for the 25% alumni tuition scholarship for a School of Education master’s program.

Because you will be a student in two different schools within Syracuse University, you will receive advising support, career services, and one-on-one mentoring from both the School of Education and the College of Arts & Sciences. You’ll work closely with our faculty of nationally recognized scholars, mathematics experts, and researchers in as you develop your professional identity and portfolio.

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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