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Extension to the New York State Initial Certificate to Teach Mathematics in Grades 5-9 (Middle Childhood Education)

Extension Program in Mathematics Education (17 credits)

This program is designed for candidates who hold New York State initial certification to teach Mathematics in grades 5-9 (Middle Childhood Education) and wish to extend their certification to include grades 7-12 (Adolescent Education).

Admission Requirements

  • Possess New York State initial certification to teach mathematics in grades 5-9.
  • Have at least two semesters of successful experience teaching mathematics in grades 7, 8, or 9; or one semester of supervised student teaching in mathematics in grades 7, 8, or 9 (with a grade of B or better).
  • Present coursework in Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, Statistics, and History of Mathematics with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Submit scores on the NYS Content Specialty (CST) Test in Mathematics.
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a college or university instructor of mathematics.
  • Submit a 500-word essay on career goals.
  • Participate in an interview.
  • Meet additional departmental, divisional, and New York State requirements, if any.
  • If conditionally admitted, make up requirements starting in the first semester and finishing in no more than three consecutive semesters.

Continuation Requirements

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout the course of study.

Certificate Requirements

The Extension Program in Mathematics Education consists of 17 credits, as outlined below. A minimum of a B average must be maintained throughout the course of the Program. All students are to consult with an adviser in Mathematics Education before starting the Program.

Overview of the Program


  1. Curriculum and Instruction (6 credits): ESC 748 (3) and ESC 749 (3).
  2. Mathematics Content (11 credits): MAT 604 (3), MAT 615 (4), and MAT 637 (4).

Last modified: 8/4/2015