Programs Preparing Math Teachers

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Love to Teach.

Do you love math and want to make a difference in people's lives? Then consider becoming  a math teacher.
Few careers give people the opportunity to impact individuals and communities like teaching. Can you think of a specific teacher who made a difference in your life? 

Mathematics teachers are especially important. In today’s world, quantitative skills are essential to so many jobs that drive our economy – yet many students fail in school mathematics. Would you like to become that kind of teacher? Warner will prepare you to become an innovative mathematics teacher, committed and able to help all students succeed. 

Our teacher preparation programs offer the shortest path to NYS initial and professional teaching certification. Plus a guaranteed 50% scholarship for all successful applicants.
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Program Quickview

All of the master's degree programs described below prepare candidates for NYS initial and professional teaching certification in Adolescence Education (Grades 7-12) as a Specialist in Mathematics and are offered at the graduate level only.

If you are interested in other mathematics education programs, check our Related Programs.
Prerequisites (as required by NYS):
  • A minimum of 30 credits of coursework in mathematics, including a two-course calculus sequence.
  • Undergraduate degree in a liberal art (BA) or science (BS).
Key Program Features:
  • Meets All Coursework and Internship Requirements for BOTH Initial and Professional NYS Teaching Certification: In addition, you will need to pass the required state exams and complete the teaching requirements for professional certification.
  • Shortest Program: Preservice teachers can complete the program in 15 months of full-time study (if starting in summer); certified teachers seeking additional certification in math may require less time.
  • Focus on Math Education: Includes three courses as well as internships (taken concurrently with math methods courses) that are specific to mathematics teaching and learning.
  • Focus on Teaching ALL Students: Includes courses on diversity, students with disabilities, and English language learners (ELLs); these required courses may be transferred in for certified teachers.
  • Preparing for Technology-Rich Schools: Includes hybrid-online coursework in technology-rich teaching; options to take some courses online to experience this learning modality.
  • Option to Add Specializations: With only a few additional credits required, you can pursue additional NYS certifications or advanced certificates that can strengthen your effectiveness with diverse learners and make you more marketable; see Opportunities for Additional Specializations.

Warner Programs that Prepare Math Teachers

For Preservice Teachers with No Prior Teaching Certification
  • MS Program (TM3): 39 credits, including field experiences and two student teaching experiences.
  • MAT Program (TM4): 51 credits; same requirements as above plus 12 additional credits of graduate courses in mathematics.
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Opportunities for Additional Specializations (with minimum additional credits required):
  • NYS Extension to Teach Math in Grades 5-6: Qualifies you to teach your subject with younger children.
  • NYS Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence: Prepares you to better serve students with differentiated learning needs while qualifying you to teach in inclusive classes.
  • NYS Certification in TESOL: Prepares you to better serve English language learners in your classes and qualifies you to teach ESOL courses.
  • Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching: Prepares you to make the best use of digital technology in your teaching.
  • Advanced Certificate in Urban Teaching and Leadership: Prepares you to teach and lead in racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse urban settings.

Licensure in other states. Review certification and licensure requirements for Warner programs.

For Initially Certified Math Teachers Seeking NYS Professional Certification
If you already have your NYS initial teaching certification in Adolescence Education as a Specialist in Mathematics, and are seeking NYS professional teaching certification in the same area, there are several Warner programs to help you achieve this goal. Most of these programs require only 30 credits of coursework and no internships. Check the requirements related to the option(s) that best apply to you from the program choices below:
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For Certified Teachers in Areas Other than Math Seeking Certification in Mathematics
If you already have your NYS teaching certification in another area of specialization, and are seeking an additional certification in secondary mathematics, you will still need to meet the same prerequisites, but will have fewer requirements and internships to complete your program. The following Warner programs should meet your needs:
  • Advanced Certificate (NM2): Fastest path; as few as 11 credits, including specialization courses plus 50 contact hours of field experiences.
  • MS Program (SM2): 32 credits, including 50 contact hours of field experiences; also leads to NYS professional teaching certification in your original area of certification.
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Our Approach

Creating Effective Math Teachers Who Can Inspire and Lead Change.

Warner’s approach to mathematics education reflects what we know about how students learn and what is most important for them to know in mathematics. We prepare innovative teachers who can inspire and lead change.

Warner graduates help young people discover that math is more than just memorizing formulas and algorithms. Our graduates help their students learn how to make connections between learning math and their own worlds, and help them learn how to apply mathematical concepts and skills to solve real problems. Our graduates become teachers who help to make math literacy possible for all students – a critical competence in the world today.
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Learn More About Warner's Approach to Mathematics Education
Warner’s teacher preparation programs in mathematics build from long-term empirical and theoretical developments in mathematics education and the learning sciences. Core learning principles that guide our program design include the need for learners to make sense of mathematics and to interact with others while engaging with rich mathematical tasks. Our core teaching principles include the need to pursue and reflect on student thinking so that the students’ own informal and intuitive strategies can be transformed into more formal and conventional mathematical concepts. Finally, our math education courses highlight the social and cultural dimensions of mathematics education, with a consistent and integrated focus on equity and diversity – not just as principles for social justice but as key elements of effective learning communities.

Throughout the program, graduate students engage in collaborative problem-solving activities around a range of mathematical topics using appropriate technology. These intensive experiences are intended to challenge conventional conceptions of mathematics and how people learn math. Ultimately, the goal is to begin the long-term process of building durable perspectives and skills that will help teachers design engaging, equitable, and rigorous math learning experiences for K-12 students.

On a more practical level, the program offers multiple opportunities to analyze curricula designed to be coherent and comprehensive. This stands in contrast to conventional curricula that suffer from the “mile-wide, inch-deep” phenomenon. These “reform” curricula emphasize a developmental approach to learning mathematics concepts by sequencing activities in a way that builds upon students’ intuitive understandings to more conventional, formal representations. The curricula consistently emphasize the connections between mathematical representations, between procedures and concepts, and between instructional units. This ensures that key mathematical ideas are developed over the course of weeks, months, and even years. Furthermore, the curricula situate problems in context so that students use everyday situations to develop mathematical forms of thinking. There are several opportunities throughout the program to observe teachers using these curricula.

The program is committed to issues of equity and inclusion. Many efforts are focused on students in under-resourced school districts and people who are typically underrepresented in mathematics.

The Warner Advantage

Preparing Graduates to Innovate, Advocate, and Elevate.

Our teacher preparation programs in mathematics will help you stand out from other math teachers and prepare you to excel in your career.
  • Become a math teacher who can create learning opportunities that are inviting and accessible for all students – engaging with cutting-edge research and educational innovations.
  • Be challenged to be an agent of change, who can effectively introduce new ideas and practices that will enhance students’ learning and address current inequities.
  • Leverage the reputation of a leading research university to strengthen recognition of your degree.
  • Network with the best and the brightest future colleagues.
  • Make yourself stand out when applying for teaching positions by pursuing additional specializations for a few additional credits.
  • Learn from an accessible, supportive faculty of researchers and accomplished practitioners who will prepare you to be adaptive experts in today’s K-12 schools.
  • Shorten your path to a doctoral degree by earning transferable credits.
While rigorous, Warner’s teacher preparation programs are both flexible and affordable.
  • Benefit from a guaranteed 50% scholarship.
  • Take advantage of online learning options that help reduce trips to campus.
  • Be ready to teach the school year following enrollment, as the program can be completed in as little as 15 months, even by those new to the teaching profession.

All About Experience

Your experience at Warner will be informed by the many research projects and community initiatives we are engaged in. In addition, you'll benefit from the experience of faculty that include nationally recognized researchers, award-winning authors and accomplished practitioners.

East High School Partnership

East High School Partnership

Our students have the opportunity to observe and learn from the reforming of an urban high school. As the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) for East High School, we are overseeing a radical transformation affecting all aspects of the school – including the implementation of innovative mathematics curricula and teaching practices.

Cultivating Equity in Mathematics

Cultivating Equity in Mathematics

The Center for Professional Development and Education Reform at the Warner School kicks off with the largest Mathematics Leadership Cadre in the program’s seven-year history. Over the years, the professional working group has provided hundreds of educators with opportunities to learn, share resources, and connect with other educators.

Project SyncOn

Project SyncOn

Warner students will benefit from the work of faculty exploring innovative uses of digital platforms. In fact, faculty member and Program Director Jeffrey Choppin is currently the principal investigator of a $2.8M National Science Foundation grant developing and studying innovative online professional learning experiences for mathematics teachers in rural schools.

Career Opportunities

Advancing Education and Your Career to the Next Level.

Graduates of a Warner teacher preparation program in mathematics will have the credentials needed to teach mathematics in grades 7-12 in New York State (NYS) public schools and other states that recognize NYS teaching certification.

Unlike graduates of an undergraduate teacher preparation program, our graduates will have already met all the coursework requirements for NYS professional teaching certification. This means they will only be required to complete three years of teaching and some state exams in order to obtain this additional level of certification – a NYS requirement within five years of beginning a teaching job.

At the same time, some of our graduates have chosen to pursue careers other than teaching in K-12 public schools. These include teaching in private schools and other educational settings, including informal and after-school environments, community-based organizations, and private industry.
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An Accessible, Supportive Faculty of Researchers and Accomplished Practitioners.

Zenon Borys thumbnail imageZenon Borys,
Math Teacher Preparation Program Director and Advisor
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Making Warner Affordable.

The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to eligible students who enroll in teacher preparation programs. These scholarships are made possible by federal grants as well as the generous support of donors, who are committed to the success of future teachers.

Byron Williams Teaching Scholarships – Guaranteed 50% Tuition Savings
All new students starting their master’s programs in teacher education leading to New York State teaching certification are guaranteed a minimum 50 percent tuition scholarship, provided they commit to teach in a United States school for a minimum of two years after graduation.
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Try Us Out

Get a Taste of What Warner Has to Offer.

We invite you to visit one of our innovative instructional programs, including:
  • East High: This Rochester City School District secondary school is undergoing major transformation under the oversight of the University of Rochester as its educational partnership organization, and has adopted “Connected Mathematics Project” as its middle school math curriculum.
  • East Irondequoit Digital Conversion: A K-12 partner school that has incorporated iPads into student learning and implemented a district-wide Learning Management System (LMS) to transform teaching practices.
Take A Course! You can also experience Warner as a non-matriculated student for a highly discounted price.

Contact admissions to arrange for a visit or learn more about opportunities for non-matriculated students.
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  • Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

    "The most important thing I received there was the opportunity to be immersed in the study of education and leadership with very talented people, that think-tank mentality of being surrounded by the best of the best. The intellectual stimulation from both the staff and fellow classmates really did allow me to think about things differently."

    Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

  • Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

    “As educators, it’s our job to make sure we’re giving students the knowledge to be successful when they move on in their life….Warner was the best grad school experience I’ve ever had because it prepared me extremely well to jump into my career, and I will forever be grateful for that.”

    Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

  • Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children

    “When it came time to interview for jobs, it was very easy for me to talk about anything in the field, and that set me apart,” he says. “You name it, and I had at least one experience in it—largely due to Warner.”

    Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY

  • Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

    “It was more than I expected. Not only what I learned in the program, which I’ve been able to put into practice every day since, but also the connections I was able to make and the relationships I was able to form."

    Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

  • Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

    "The growth I’ve realized in myself is something I will be forever grateful for. I’ve learned to question, analyze, think and create in ways I never considered. I’ve changed as an educator and as a person."

    Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

  • Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

    “I had a very unique situation. I wasn’t going down the typical path of a Warner student, and the school was just so flexible and supportive.”

    Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

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