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2008-2009 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2008-2009 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Mathematics Education, M.A.

Professor Whitton, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-6456,

This program leads to professional certification for teachers who possess initial certification in adolescent education, valid for teaching mathematics in grades 7-12. It provides advanced study in the curriculum, pedagogy, and content of mathematics. Individuals may also select concentrated studies in middle level 5-6, gifted education or bilingual education certification extensions. The program conforms with the recommendations for teacher preparation by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and with the New York State Learning Standards in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to a master of arts program in the department of curriculum and teaching are made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. A completed application form to the master of arts program.
  2. New York state initial certification valid for teaching mathematics 7-12. Applicants who have provisional certification should contact the Department of Curriculum and Teaching for the correct program.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in each of two categories:
    1. Overall undergraduate course work;
    2. Course work in the content area in which certification will be sought.
    3. Applicants with GPAs between 2.5 and 2.75 may be accepted provisionally, subject to special conditions. 
  4. A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  5. Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.

The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a student’s potential for success in the program. Candidates may wish to apply even if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.

Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of the master of arts program in residence at Hofstra. No more than 9 s.h. may be transferred into the program. A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the master of arts degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 33

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while in the program. Grades of D or lower will not be counted toward the graduate degree but will be included in determining the grade point average.

The major in Mathematics Education consists of a minimum of 33 semester hours of course work, including each of the following:

Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 6-12

Choose two to four courses (or alternative courses with advisement) from:

Content/Pedagogy - Semester Hours: 12

Choose three courses (or alternative courses with advisement) from: Semester Hours: 9

Cognate Area - Semester Hours: 9-15

Select one concentration area from the following categories:

D. Interdisciplinary Studies - Semester Hours: 9-15

This cognate requires at least one course in each of the following subject areas:
•    Foundations of Education
•    Literacy Studies
•    Special Education
Content Area Liberal Arts or Sciences course relating to the appropriate content area can be substituted under advisement.  

E. Gifted Education - Semester Hours: 12

Completion of this cognate leads to a Certification Extension in Gifted Education.

Complete each of the following:

F. Bilingual Education - Semester Hours: 15

Completion of this cognate leads to a Certification Extension in Bilingual Education.

Choose one course from the following: Semester Hours: 3

Choose one course from the following: Semester Hours: 3

Complete each of the following:

Electives - Semester Hours: 0-6

(With advisement)

Graduate course work in MATH, CT, ELED, FDED, LYST, MHAE, RES, SED, or SPED recommended.

Students seeking a Certification Extension in Middle Level Education (Grades 5-6), should choose both of the following courses as electives:

Capstone Activity - Semester Hours: 3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of the 33 s.h. course requirement in the M.A. program with no fewer than 24 s.h. in residence.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.
  3. All course work offered in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.


* A minimum of 50 clock hours of college-supervised field experience is required in this cognate area. Students are placed in the settings specific to the foci of their teaching certificates. All field experiences are incorporated into the course curricula. Placements are arranged by the Office of Field Placement. Department policy is to place students in districts other than those in which they currently reside or in schools that they attended.

To be eligible for the Certification Extension in Gifted Education and Bilingual Education students are required to have passing scores on the appropriate New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). Please contact the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services for specific certification requirements.