Mathematics Teacher (7-12), B.A.

School of Education

Program Overview

Stir up enthusiasm for math for children in seventh through 12th grade. You’ll learn how to engage students in mathematics and how to build on students’ mathematical thinking. You will discover techniques to engage those who may be reluctant about learning a subject that involves many multiple-step problems and a lot of practice. You will hone your technical skills while our department will help you navigate the challenges of an urban school environment. You will explore pedagogical techniques specific to mathematics education.

Mathematics Teacher (7–12), B.A.

Where You'll Go

The program fully prepares you for employment as a math teacher at the middle and high school levels. This program will not only support you to gain New York State Certification but will also provide you with both the analytical and practical skills to offer students the support needed to thrive holistically. Our graduates are hired by school districts locally and nationwide. The mission of the department is to prepare teachers for effective classroom practice of diverse students in urban settings. Our goal is the development of knowledgeable, skilled teacher candidates who are well versed in research, theory, and practice.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Description

The Department of Secondary Education and the Department of Mathematics jointly offer a program for students who plan to teach mathematics in grades 7 through 12. Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Secondary Education or the Department of Mathematics. Adolescence education (grades 7–12) and special subject programs are writing-intensive. Students should consult a counselor as early as possible to plan their program.

All mathematics courses offered to satisfy the requirements for a major in mathematics teacher must be completed with a grade of C-, or higher. Unless otherwise specified in this Bulletin, any mathematics course used to satisfy the prerequisite for an advanced elective must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Major Requirements (73–74 Credits)

Mathematics 1011 or the combination of Mathematics 1021 and 1026. Completion of some or all of these courses may be waived conditional on the outcome of appropriate placement exams.

Mathematics 1201, 1206 and 2201. Transfer students may also need to take Mathematics 1211 – see mathematics department chair.

All of the following: Mathematics 2001, 2011W, 2101, 3101, 3501, 4201, 4302, 4401, 4406.

Computer and Information Science 1115.

The following pedagogical courses in the Department of Secondary Education (total of 26 credits):

Secondary Education 2001, 2002, 3401, 3402. This four-term sequence may be started in the lower-sophomore term, or upper-sophomore term.

Secondary Education 3456 (3 credits) may be started after completing Secondary Education 2001 and 2002.

Secondary Education 4403: Seminar on Methods of Teaching Mathematics, Student Teaching I

Secondary Education 4409: Advanced Seminar on Methods of Teaching Mathematics, Student Teaching II

This program reflects changes in teacher certification requirements recently implemented by the New York State Education Department. Degree programs in Secondary Education include a major in an appropriate department of the college. Completion of an adolescence education program as part of a major in English, one of the appropriate social sciences, mathematics, or one of the sciences qualifies students for New York State initial certification in Secondary Education for grades 7 through 12.

Students qualifying for the initial certification in adolescence education may obtain an extension to teach English, social studies, mathematics, or one of the sciences in grades 5 and 6 by taking Secondary Education 3454.

Students must complete 26 credits in the Department of Secondary Education as specified above.

Admission Requirements and Academic Standing

Students must have a GPA of 2.70 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to take Secondary Education 2001 and 2002.

Students must have a B- in both Secondary Education 2001 and 2002 and a GPA of 2.75 or higher based on a minimum of 30 credits in liberal arts and sciences to continue to Secondary Education 3401, and/or Secondary Education 3402, and/or Secondary Education 3456.

To take Secondary Education 4413 students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher and permission of the head of the program.

To take Secondary Education 4401-4406, students must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, a B- or better in both Secondary Education 3401 and 3402, and/or permission of the head of the program.

To take Secondary Education 4407-4412, students must earn a B- or higher in Secondary Education 4401-4406, a GPA of 2.75 or higher in their major, and the permission of the head of the program.

All students accepted to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Fingerprint verification is required for work in New York City Department of Education schools if you already have fingerprint records or not. Please follow these instructions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Be prepared to pass NYSED teacher certification examinations in content area, pedagogy, and knowledge of students.
  2. Apply the ACTFL, CEC, NCSS, NCTE, NCTM, NSTA, and SHAPE Standards and the Next Generation Learning Standards to planning, instruction, and assessment for all students, including those of low SES, linguistic/cultural minorities, and those with IEPs.
  3. Design lessons and units of study that engage all students, including ELLs and students with IEPs, in doing, thinking, reasoning, speaking, and writing in the content areas.
  4. Incorporate community resources in culturally relevant units of study.
  5. Create classrooms that support social and emotional learning.
  6. Make plans for and use technological tools (e.g. communication and collaboration tools, adaptive devices, Web-based digital media) in instruction.
  7. Analyze instructional materials and assessments in order to identify linguistic & extra-linguistic demands and challenges of performance tasks in the content areas.
  8. Analyze and interpret whole-class interaction focusing on guiding techniques conducive to orchestrating meaningful, inclusive, and content-rich conversations.
  9. Analyze and interpret samples of student work and classroom data to identify different levels of student learning as well as typical errors and misconceptions.
  10. Conduct and use research in their own practices to improve learning and teaching.

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Internships and Employers

Students complete internships in public and private schools throughout the New York City region as well as across the United States. The internship is a supervised experience designed to hone the requisite skills and knowledge to work as a math teacher.

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