2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics Education, M.A. (SJC Long Island)

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Master of Arts in Mathematics Education

Victoria Hong, M.B.A., Associate Chairperson, SJC Long Island
Elana Reiser, Ed.D., Director, SJC Long Island

Program Description

Offered at SJC Long Island, the Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education is a 30 credit degree that you can earn in five semesters of parttime study. The degree requires two classes each semester, including the summer. This allows you to teach during the day and attend school in the evenings. Particular attention will be paid to integrating technology with the teaching of mathematics in order to meet the standards set by both New York State and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Candidates for this program will have previously earned initial certification to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Completion of the program will satisfy the degree requirements for professional certification in New York State. To successfully complete the program, students must maintain a B average.

The Dual Degree in Mathematics Education is a 152-credit degree that can be earned in five years. The graduate curriculum builds on the undergraduate foundation and promotes the application of theoretical and quantitative knowledge in an education environment while integrating technology. Applications for the dual degree are accepted in the second semester of the junior year.

Mission and Goals

The purpose of the Master of Arts Program in Mathematics Education is to prepare students to become accomplished mathematics teachers. In doing so, the Program aims to extend the depth and breadth of mathematical skills previously learned on the undergraduate level and to enable teaching professionals to use these expanded skills to motivate and engage a diverse population of students who possess varying cognitive skills and learning styles. Particular attention will be paid to integrating technology with the teaching of mathematics in order to meet the standards set by both New York State and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The Department seeks to instill in teaching professionals dedication to the discipline, as well as the desire and ability to become lifelong learners.

The specific objectives of the proposed Master of Arts Program in Mathematics Education are as follows:

  1. To prepare students for life-long learning of mathematics.
  2. To develop in students a deeper understanding of, and the ability to address, a wide variety of mathematical learning styles.
  3. To have students be able to communicate the method of their reasoning effectively.
  4. To enable students to make connections between the upper level mathematics courses that they are taking and the mathematics at the grade level they will be teaching.
  5. To provide a solid understanding of mathematics at the grade level students will be teaching as well as the entire K-12 curriculum.
  6. To enable students to become familiar with current trends, issues, and technology in mathematics education.
  7. To provide a familiarity with the New York State and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards.
  8. To develop research skills in the field of mathematics education.
  9. To learn classroom skills for teaching students of varying.
  10. To deepen the mathematical background of students.


Admission Requirements

All applicants to the Master of Arts in Mathematics Education program must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 as well as at least a 3.0 grade point average in all education courses and all mathematics courses. The applicant must possess provisional/initial/permanent/professional certification from New York State in Mathematics.

Admission Procedures

Application Procedures

Candidates must submit:

  1. A completed application accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $25.
  2. An updated resume, which includes chronological dates of employment and descriptions of responsibilities.
  3. Two letters of recommendation. One of these recommendations must be from a mathematics faculty member and the other from the cooperating teacher or someone involved with the applicant’s teaching.
  4. Copies of certificates granted by the New York State Education Department.
  5. Please arrange to have official transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
  6. Official records of the applicant’s score on the LAST, ATS-W, and CST.
  7. A completed medical form. New York State Public Health Law requires all students who were born after January 1, 1957 to be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella. You will be required to submit proof of a recent physical examination including a Diphtheria-Tetanus booster and a Tuberculin Skin test.

Admissions Process

  1. Applicants will be contacted by the Office of Admissions to arrange for an interview with the program director after all relevant documents have been submitted.
  2. At the time of the interview, a writing sample, the topic of which is the applicant’s immediate objectives and future plans in relation to graduate study in the chosen field, will be completed.

Transfer of Prior Coursework

Matriculated students in the Graduate Program may apply to the Program Director for acceptance of up to six (6) graduate credits, with grades of B or better, from other accredited graduate programs. Acceptance will be dependent upon appropriateness of the courses to the student’s program of study.

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