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Master of Arts in Teaching




Become a Mathematics Teacher

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.

In Stony Brook University's distributed teacher education model, each MAT program is a collaboration between the academic departments (for content courses) and the School of Professional Development (for professional education courses).

MAT in Mathematics students take their content courses through the University's Department of Mathematics, learning from its prestigious faculty and gaining a deep subject-level expertise. 

This program is designed for those who have little or no previous coursework in education or formal classroom teaching experience. If you are already provisionally certified to teach mathematics in grades 7-12, then you should consider applying to  the Master of  Arts in Mathematics (secondary teacher option). Details on the Math website.


  • Degree Program Requirements

    Degree Program Requirements

    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 15 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.

    MAE 501 Foundations of the Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum
    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 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)

  • Teacher Certification

    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 Educating All Students Test and 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. 

    Note: As of April 27, 2022, the NYS Education Department eliminated the edTPA as a certification requirement.  Effective September 1, 2023, in lieu of the edTPA, all students in teacher preparation programs will be required to complete a teacher performance assessment.  This assessment will be developed, administered, and evaluated by Stony Brook University instructors.

  • Tuition and Financial Information

    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 Instructions

    Application Instructions

    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 3.00 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)

    * As of Spring 2022, Graduate Record Exam scores are no longer required for admission.

    *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.

    Application Deadlines

    All materials must be submitted by the published deadlines for priority review.

    Applications submitted after these deadlines may be accepted and reviewed on a time and space-available basis, and review of these applications may be delayed. Late applications maybe considered for the following admission term. Any questions regarding available start terms should be directed to Program Representative. General questions about the application process should be directed to or 631-632-7050.

    For Domestic Students

    • Fall: March 15
    • Spring: October 15
    • Summer: March 15


    For International Students

    • Fall: March 15
    • Spring: November 1

      International students are not admitted for the Summer term

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  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For program questions, please contact:

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

    *on sabbatical until August 2024

    Jason Starr, PhD
    Advisor for Mathematics Education and Professor of Mathematics
    (631) 632-8270

    For application procedure questions, please contact:

    MAT Admissions 
    School of Professional Development
    2321 Computer Science Building
    Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, NY 11794 - 4434
    Telephone: 631-632-7050 
    Fax:  631-982-7311



Stony Brook University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Its teacher education programs have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2030.