Teaching mathematics is a great way to make a difference in the lives of middle and high school students. Our mathematics teacher education program combines all the requirements for a major in mathematics with a core education component and hands-on experience, leading to initial New York State teacher certification for grades 7 through 12.
We’ll teach you how to communicate the beauty and power of mathematics and give you the skills and knowledge you need to make math concepts come alive in the classroom. Core courses in the education department will give you a foundation in the theories and practical aspects of teaching.
Our students gain a great deal of practical experience observing, tutoring, and teaching in grades 7 through 12 before they graduate. As a sophomore, you’ll spend a semester observing and assisting a mentor teacher in a local school. You’ll also have opportunities to do individual tutoring and small-group work with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Our partnership with the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem offers you hands-on teaching experience in an urban setting and helps you foster a deeper understanding of the issues facing black and Latino students. The program ends with a “professional semester,” during which you’ll spend seven weeks teaching in a middle school classroom and seven weeks teaching in a high school classroom under the supervision of IC faculty and mentor teachers.
With all of these initiatives and opportunities, our graduates are in high demand at schools around the country. You’ll also be prepared to work toward an advanced degree -- a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) or an M.S. in childhood education here at Ithaca College, or a master’s or doctoral program at other fine universities.