Mathematics Adolescence Education Major

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Mathematics is the science of shape, quantity, and patterns, and has evolved to encompass many different fields, including Algebra, Analysis, Geometry, Probability, Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Modeling, and Statistics. A major in mathematics trains students to think critically and to solve complex problems. The Mathematics Adolescence Education Major prepares students to be excellent teachers of mathematics in grades 5 through 12. The major includes 47 credits of Mathematics and co-requisites, 36 credits of Education and Human Development, and 3 – 6 credits of Modern Language. This curriculum gives students a full major in mathematics and meets the requirements for initial certification as outlined by the New York State Education Department (SED) for Adolescence Education (grades 5 through 12).

Admission to the Program

Students will need to meet SUNY 3.0 GPA requirements for admission in one of the following ways:

First-year students must meet at least one of the following admissions criteria:

  • High School GPA of a B or better
  • High School Rank in top 30%
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) ≥ 1140
  • ACT ≥ 24
  • Brockport GPA ≥ 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Transfer students must meet at least one of the following admissions criteria:

  • High School GPA of a B or better
  • High School Rank in top 30%
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing+Math) ≥ 1140
  • ACT ≥ 24
  • Transfer GPA ≥ 3.0 based on at least 12 credits
  • Brockport GPA ≥ 3.0 based on at least 12 credits

Students must also demonstrate preparation for entry into mathematics coursework at MTH 201 Calculus I (or higher).

Students must meet NYSED requirements for minimum acceptable grades during completion of the program, including grades of C or above for all Mathematics, corequisite, pedagogy, and modern language coursework. Students must re-take courses where grades have not met this minimum acceptable grade standard.

Program Requirements

Mathematics & Co-Requisites (47 credits)

  • MTH 201: Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MTH 202: Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MTH 203: Calculus III (4 credits)
  • MTH 255: Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • MTH 281: Discrete Mathematics I (4 credits)
  • MTH 324: Linear Algebra (3 credits)
  • MTH 346: Probability and Statistics I (3 credits)
  • MTH 425: Modern Algebra (3 credits)
  • MTH 432: College Geometry (3 credits)
  • MTH 446: Probability and Statistics II (3 credits)
  • MTH 457: Real Analysis (3 credits)
  • CSC 203: Problem Solving with Objects (4 credits)
  • Two 400-level MTH electives (6 credits)

Prerequisites (0-4 credits)

  • CIS 120: Introduction to Computing (4 credits) or prior programming experience

General Education Requirements Outside of the Major (28 credits)

Pedagogy Courses (29-35 credits)


  • EDI 331: Adolescence Classroom Management (1 credit)
  • EDI 409: Teaching Students with Special Needs Across the Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDI 430: Education and Society (3 credits)
  • EDI 459: Adolescent Development and Learning (3 credits)

Phase 1

  • EDI 431: Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas I (3 credits)
  • EDI 446: Inclusive Middle Level Teaching in Mathematics (3 credits)
  • PRO 430: Adolescence Field Experience I (1 credit)

Phase 2

  • EDI 432: Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School Content Areas II (3 credits)
  • EDI 466: Teaching Mathematics Inclusively (3 credits)
  • PRO 431: EHD Field Experience II (1 credit)

Student Teaching

  • EDI 464: Seminar in Adolescence Inclusive Education (3 credits)
  • PRO 433: Practicum in Adolescence Inclusive Education (9 credits)

World Languages (3-6 credits)

Prerequisite: Beginning Language I (ARB 111, ASL 111, CHN 111, FRN 111, GRM 111, ITA 111, JPN 111, LTN 111, PRT 111, RSN 111, or SPN 111)

  • Beginning Language II (ARB 112, ASL 112, CHN 112, FRN 112, GRM 112, ITA 112, JPN 112, LTN 112, PRT 112, RSN 112, or SPN 112)

Electives (0-5 credits)

  • If needed, electives to complete a total of 120 credits for a Bachelors degree

Total Credits (120-125 credits)


University Endorsement

Students must complete this program and submit the recommendation form to be eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York State certification. Students should consult the Brockport Certification Office for the full list of New York state requirements for certification.

New York State Initial Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective Adolescence Education Teacher candidates must pass the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) to obtain initial certification in the State of New York:

Certification Exams

  • Educating All Students (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Test (CST)


Students must complete the following workshops and trainings for program completion:

Note: Students may complete the CAD and SAVE workshop requirements by taking the course PRO 370 (1 credit) or PBH 301 (3 credits). See the page on certification resources for more information.

Continuation Requirements (Once Enrolled) 

  • Maintain ≥ 2.0 cumulative Brockport GPA
  • Earn ≥ C in all Mathematics, EDI, PRO, and modern languages courses
  • Complete prerequisite course(s) before moving to the next program phase 
  • Minimum grade levels apply to transfer courses. See Community college advising guides
  • Demonstrate the dispositions necessary in the teaching profession
  • Acquire and maintain an acceptable level of professional performance
  • A ≥ 2.5 cumulative Brockport GPA is required to student teach

Continuation in the program may be denied to any teacher candidate whose level of performance and/or dispositions do not adequately meet academic or professional standards. Decisions with respect to retention or dismissal of a teacher candidate are made by the faculty and staff of the Department of Education and Human Development, in consultation with the faculty in the Department of Mathematics, and not by any one person. 

Students should note that admission into most graduate education programs in New York State will require a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for admittance.

Program Co-Advisors

Jason Morris, PhD
Associate Professor of Mathematics
(585) 395-2199

Rebecca Smith, PhD
Professor of Mathematics
(585) 395-5183

Stephanie Wisnowski
Math Placement Coordinator
(585) 395-5188

Carol Wade, PhD
Associate Professor of Education
(585) 395-5569