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Master of Arts in Teaching: Mathematics


The Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (HEGIS 1701) is a course of study leading to New York State certification for teaching Mathematics in the secondary schools (grades 7-12), with an extension option for grades 5-6. This program, offered in collaboration with the University's Department of Mathematics and the School of Professional Development, is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience.

Degree Program

The degree program consists of 45 credits, distributed among the areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.

Course selection will be determined by the student and advisor. Students who have academic deficiencies in Mathematics will be required to include courses that specifically address these deficiencies. These courses will be part of the 12 credits selected to satisfy this requirement. If additional deficiencies exist, those credits required to meet these mandates will be over and above those requirements for the degree.

MAT 511 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics (may be replaced by a different graduate mathematics course with approval of program director)

Plus nine additional credits selected from the following:

AMS 504 Foundations of Applied Mathematics
AMS 507 Introduction to Probability
AMS 572 Data Analysis I
MAT 512 Algebra for Teachers
MAT 513 Analysis for Teachers I
MAT 514 Analysis for Teachers II
MAT 515 Geometry for Teachers
MAT 516 Probability & Statistics for Teachers
MAT 530 Topology/Geometry I
MAT 534 Algebra I
MAT 542 Complex Analysis I
MAT 544 Analysis
MAT 550 Real Analysis I
MAT 599 Masters Level Independent Study

CEE 505 Education: Theory and Practice
CEE 565 Human Development (formerly PSY 595)
CEE 594 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development (formerly LIN 544)
CEF 547 Principles and Practices of Special Education
MAE 501 Foundations of the Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum
MAE 510 Introduction to Methods of Teaching & Learning Standards (co- or prerequisite: MAE 501)
MAE 520 Advanced Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (prerequisites: MAE 501 and MAE 510)
MAE 530 Directed Readings in Mathematics Education (1 credit course; prerequisites: MAE 510 & MAE 520; co-requisite: MAE 540)
MAE 540 Clinical Experience (2 credits; prerequisites: MAE 510 & MAE 520; co-requisite: MAE 530)
MAE 554 Student Teaching Seminar (co-requisites MAE 551 & MAE 552; prerequisites CEE 505, CEE 565, CEE 594, MAE 501, MAE 510, MAE 520, MAE 530, MAE 540; satisfaction of all content requirements and permission of the Director of Mathematics Education)

MAE 551 Supervised Student Teaching Middle School Grades 7 - 9: Mathematics (co-requisites MAE 552 & MAE 554; prerequisites CEE 505, CEE 565, CEE 594, MAE 501, MAE 510, MAE 520, MAE 530, MAE 540; satisfaction of all content requirements and permission of the Director of Mathematics Education)
MAE 552 Supervised Student Teaching High School Grades 10 - 12: Mathematics (co-requisites MAE 551 & MAE 554; prerequisites CEE 505, CEE 565, CEE 594, MAE 501, MAE 510, MAE 520, MAE 530, MAE 540; satisfaction of all content requirements and permission of the Director of Mathematics Education)

Students will be required to complete a four-week Mathematics teaching module specifically designed for the Supervised Student Teaching project.

Teacher Certification

Stony Brook University requires that students must have completed an undergraduate degree and have at least 36 credits in the content field for admission to the MAT program. This course of study should be substantially the equivalent to that of a Stony Brook undergraduate degree program.

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a New York State registered and approved program that qualifies students for license upon successful degree completion. Students must complete all courses required for the MAT and must receive a grade of B or better in all pedagogy and foundation courses as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all program coursework.

Teacher preparation candidates must be fingerprinted and must also complete certification workshops in:

  • Child Abuse
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) 
  • School Violence (Project Save)
  • Identification and Referral of Substance Abuse 

See  Certification and Licensing Workshops  for details and schedules.

All students will have to complete the  revised CST (Content Specialty Test) in the area of the Certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the TEACH website at  to ensure that they are taking the appropriate examinations. All students are required to complete and submit the  edTPA (Education-Teacher Performance Assessment - Portfolio) in their content field.  Please check with your program director for specific requirements.



Tuition and Financial Information

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and fee information can be found on the  Bursar's website .

Payment Plan
Stony Brook recognizes the need for helping students manage the expenses of higher education. To this end, the University offers a Time Option Payment Plan (TOPP), a program that allows students to make equal and consecutive payments throughout the year.

Financial Aid
For information on financial aid options, contact the Stony Brook Office of Financial Aid at (631) 632-6840, or visit the  Financial Aid website.

Application Information

Minimum Requirements to Apply

  • An academic major in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or the equivalent (see below) with a minimum of 36 credits in Mathematics *
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 in your overall bachelor's degree program
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in Mathematics studies
  • One year of college-level study of a foreign language with a grade of “C” or better (this may include American Sign Language)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE; general test, not subject test)

*These 36 credits must include courses in single and multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and at least two of the following four more advanced subjects: abstract and/or applied algebra; analysis or advanced calculus; geometry, including non-Euclidean geometry; probability and/or statistics. You must also have taken at least one mathematics course that significantly uses computers and/or graphing calculators.

Apply Online

Visit the MAT Application page for instructions and a link to the online application.

Application Deadlines

Fall: March 31
Spring: October 31


Contact Information

Lisa Berger, PhD  
Director of Mathematics Education and Associate Professor of Mathematics
(631) 632-8278


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