Undergraduate Admissions

Adolescent (Grades 7-12) Initial Certification Program - B.A. Degree Program

Includes: Program Admission, Student Teaching Admission, and Certification Application
While City College does not offer a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics Education, undergraduate mathematics majors may complete the coursework for New York State initial certification to teach mathematics at the adolescent level (Grades 7-12) by fulfilling the following requirements.

Admission requirements for the program leading to teacher certification in adolescent (secondary) mathematics are:

  • Declare a mathematics major and indicate that you are interested in the education track.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credits of the mathematics major with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Declare an intention to major in secondary mathematics education in the Education Department Student Services Office, North Academic Center, Room¬†6/204.
  • Pass the City College School of Education's S.E.A.T.
  • Make an appointment with the Mathematics Education undergraduate advisor.

To maintain one's status as a secondary mathematics teacher candidate and be recommended for student teaching a candidate must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in the mathematics major.
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 GPA.
  • Complete the following educational core:

EDUC 20500: Adolescent learning and development (4 credits)
EDLS 3200: Special Issues for Secondary School Teachers: Special Education, Second Language Acquisition and Literacy (4 credits)
EDSE 44600: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Schools (3 credits)
EDSE 45100: Development of the Secondary School: Philosophy, Urban Issues and Curriculum Development in Secondary School Mathematics(3 credits)

Note: The educational core includes 100 hours of pre-student teaching experience in the New York City Schools. Teacher candidates must have time during normal public school hours to fulfill this requirement.

Admission to Student Teaching requires completion of the student teaching application during the first 10-weeks of the semester prior to student teaching. Contact the Office of Field Experiences and Student Teaching North Academic Center, Room 6/207A for information regarding the deadlines and application process. Admissions requirements include:

  • Completion of all Liberal Arts, mathematics major, and education requirements
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Successful completion of 100 hours of field experience (part of education requirements).
  • A GPA of 3.0 in the mathematics major.
  • A passing score on the New York State Content Specialty Test in Mathematics (CST).

During the student teaching semester you will register for:

EDSE 46300: Student Teaching (6 credits) - This is full-time, full-semester, supervised teaching experience in the New York City Public Schools.*
EDSE 46301 Seminar in Teaching Secondary School (co-requisite of EDSE 46300)
EDUC 41900: Child Abuse and Health Education Seminar (0 credits)

To be recommended for certification teacher candidates must:

  • Complete the bachelor's degree with a major in mathematics and apply for graduation.
  • Successfully complete the student teaching semester.
  • Pass the New York State CST and EAS exams, as well as successfully complete the edTPA portfolio.
  • Submit an application for certification to the City College Certification Officer.