Mathematics Education MA Initial

Master of Arts (Initial Certification track)


Emphasis in the M.A. program is placed on those competencies necessary for effective mathematics teaching as a means of enhancing professional growth of in-service and pre-service teachers. Conceptual issues in teaching are translated into practice through group and individualized instruction in special methods courses.

Apply to this program if you are interested in gaining Initial Certification.

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 36
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Certification

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  • NY State Initial: Mathematics 7-12

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test

Mathematics education students seeking Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Education degrees are expected to have completed at least 24 credits of undergraduate mathematics.

Additional Degree Information

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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This program requires 36 points (4 points in Student Teaching, additionally) Initial Certification Master of Arts degree students and applicants should direct admissions and certification questions to Dr. Stuart Weinberg at (212) 678-3717 or saw29@tc.columbia.edu.

General

Computer proficiency training equivalent to at least 6 points of graduate study ordinarily are required of all students seeking degrees beyond the Master of Arts. These points either can be included in the mathematics/mathematics education requirement or can be taken as electives.

In addition to content courses in mathematics, students should enroll in at least two professional courses in mathematics education such as MSTM 4019, MSTM 4020, MSTM 5011, or MSTM 5520.

Master of Arts

Normally students complete 24 points in courses in mathematics and mathematics education including MSTM 4019 and selected courses in related disciplines.he remaining 8 points (3 courses) are reserved for electives chosen from professional areas such as psychology, philosophy, curriculum, etc. Programs for specialists in the teaching of elementary school mathematics should include MSTM 5010. Secondary school specialists should enroll in MSTM 5011, or for example, MSTM 5023, MSTM 5032, and MSTM 5037.

Prospective community college teachers should select courses in at least three mathematical areas such as analysis, algebra, and computing, in preparation for study beyond the master’s level. Initial certification students should refer to the program brochure for information on additional requirements for state certification. All applicants for the M.A. degree must prepare a written project as a culminating integrative experience.

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