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2009-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Mathematics Education, B.A. in


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The degree program followed in the Bachelor of Arts. Courses in this program lead toward New York state initial teacher certification, mathematics, grades 7-12. Secondary education programs are designed to blend on-campus preparation wit field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in full-time student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, and information technology are integrated throughout all aspects of the program. The program conforms with the New York State Learning Standards in Mathematics, Science and Technology and with the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Professor Whitton, Adviser

Program Requirements


Prospective teachers of mathematics choose mathematics as a major within the liberal arts and sciences. After completing a minimum of 45 semester hours of college course work, the student then chooses Mathematics Education as a co-major. For admission policies, procedures, and program requirements, see Secondary Education, Undergraduate Programs.

The B.A. degree in Mathematics requires a minimum of 40 semester hours of course work in mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of course work chosen from the category of Natural Sciences in the Hofstra Distribution (see Distribution Courses program) are also required for prospective teachers of mathematics. The following courses (or comparable course work in the indicated areas) must be completed within the B.A. degree program in Mathematics:

Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 10


The co-major in Mathematics Education consists of a minimum of 31 semester hours of professional education course work, including each of the following:

General Methods Courses - Semester Hours: 6


Special Methods and Curriculum Courses - Semester Hours: 6


Student Teaching and Corequisite Seminars - Semester Hours: 9


Footnotes


* Participation/observation in middle and secondary schools are required in each of the following courses:

  • SED 102 - Field Placement–grades 7-9
  • SED 151 - Field Placement–grades 7-12
  • SED 154 - Field Placement–grades 10-12
  • SPED 102 - Field Placement–grades 7-12
  • LYST 101 - Field Placement–grades 7-12

Students receiving a grade lower than C- in a professional education course must repeat the course and receive a grade of C or higher in order to remain in the program.

Student Teaching Prerequisites


After completing at least 19 semester hours of professional education course work and an adviser audit of content area course work, students may apply for admission to student teaching. Application forms may be obtained in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Admission criteria are as follows:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on overall course work or permission of adviser
  2. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work
  3. A GPA of 2.5 or higher in mathematics content courses.

Graduation Requirements


Graduation from the program requires:

  1. Completion of all graduation requirements for the bachelor’s degree in the major content area in which the certification will be sought;
  2. Completion of all course requirements for the co-major in the concentration area within secondary education;
  3. No grades lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work;
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in overall course work
  5. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major area in which the certification will be sought
  6. An electronic portfolio, illustrating the student’s education course work and professional accomplishments.

Teacher Certification Requirements


Upon the successful completion of a teacher education program, students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. For Initial Certification, students are required to have passing scores on each of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE): the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills–Written (ATS-W), and the Content Specialty Test (CST). Students not receiving passing scores on all three examinations will not be eligible for certification.

Note


It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examination prior to student teaching and the Assessment of Teaching Skills–Written (ATS-W), and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. All three NYSTCE’s should be completed prior to graduation. Students not receiving passing scores on all three examinations will not be eligible for certification.

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