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Teaching Mathematics, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
In the Teaching Mathematics, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification from New York University, you’ll build on your prior course work in advanced math and can complete your program in as little as two semesters. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for New York State initial certification.


Throughout your curriculum, you’ll learn:

  • Core mathematics content knowledge and strategies for teaching mathematics to middle and high school students
  • Approaches for adapting curricula, assessments, and learning environments to meet the needs of students with disabilities in general education classrooms  
  • Integrating technology into the teaching of mathematics in middle and secondary school

The core field component of this program consists of two semesters of supervised student teaching at the middle and high school levels, allowing you to refine and reflect on your teaching practice in coordination with a supervising teacher and your NYU field supervisor. In the Teaching Mathematics, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification from New York University you will complete 100 hours of fieldwork prior to student teaching.

Careers and Outcomes

The program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification as a teacher of mathematics, grades 7–12, with an option to pursue a certificate extension to also teach grades 5–6. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for a number of career paths, including:

  • Teacher of mathematics and related subjects, including computer science, in middle and high schools
  • Mathematics curriculum specialist, coordinator, or evaluator in schools and school districts
  • Researcher or teacher educator in colleges and universities
  • Trainer or specialist in applied mathematics in corporate and other private sector settings

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mathematical Proof and Proving 
  • Selected Topics in Modern Mathematics: Number Theory
  • Selected Topics in Modern Mathematics: Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Mathematical Investigation and Problem Posing 
  • Research Investigations in Mathematics Education
  • Inquiries into Teaching and Learning
  • Language and Literacy Acquisition and Development 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits

    30-40, depending on your prior coursework

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • 30 credits of acceptable mathematics content at a Calculus 1 level and above, including two semesters of calculus
  • 3 semester hours of a language other than English (American Sign Language is acceptable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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