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NYSED Content Areas: Statistics, Quantitative Analysis, Applied Mathematics

According to NYSED, acceptable studies for certification (grades 7-12) include courses offered by a mathematics department that are considered core requirements toward a degree in mathematics. For example, courses in mathematical reasoning, quantitative methods, number theory and concepts, algebra, analytic geometry, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, data analysis, probability, and discrete mathematics are acceptable. NYSED does not accept computer science, accounting, finance and other courses that apply mathematics to solve problems that are not purely mathematical.

Courses with departmental subject codes (e.g., AMS, MAT) that meet the criteria above are valid for the content area for professional license provided they are not methods courses. In addition, Stony Brook University has found that the courses listed below have met the NYSED requirements in the past; however, this DOES NOT GUARANTEE that these courses will continue to meet this requirement in the future. When in doubt, please check with NYSED prior to registration for any course to determine its acceptability.

New York State Education Department Contact Information

Office of Teaching Initiatives
NYS Education Department (NYSED)
Albany, NY 12234
Telephone: 518.474.3901


CEB 586 Differentiated Instruction in Science and Math
CEM 570 Manipulatives and Mathematics
CET 551 Introduction to Probability (no longer offered)

Note: If  you have taken an SPD course that is no longer listed above, please submit a NYSED Graduate Course Verification Form  to the School of Professional Development to verify that the course meets graduate-level content requirements (include a self-addressed stamped envelope). Once you have received the signed form, submit it to NYSED for final approval. Be sure to keep copies of all documentation and correspondence.

In addition, the Math Department chair has expressed a willingness to sign Course Verification Forms for any graduate level MAT-designated course offered by the Math Department, except for MAT 598, MAT 696, MAT 697, and MAT 800. Courses other than the recommended 51* sequence listed above require departmental permission.

If you experience any problems, or if NYSED does not accept a form you have submitted, please contact Ms. Rachael Lee, Interim Teacher Certification Officer, for assistance at or 631-632-7055.

Because NYSED’s Office of Teaching Initiatives is the final authority, Stony Brook University cannot guarantee that NYSED will accept any particular course, even if it has been approved by an academic department.

The information contained on this page was valid as of 6/22/2017.

Statement of Student Responsibility

Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. Students should keep in mind that degree requirements are separate and distinct from requirements for teacher/administrator certification and resulting initial and/or professional licenses. Each student is responsible for reviewing, understanding and adhering to his/her certification requirements. For further information, visit NYSED at

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