Mathematics, Instructional Certification: Teacher Certification in Mathematics (Preschool-Grade 12) - Graduate

Students with a baccalaureate degree who are interested in teaching may pursue the Post-baccalaureate program for initial teacher certification.

Additional undergraduate coursework in the certification content area may be required to meet State and University certification standards.

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be recommended to the State of New Jersey for initial teacher certification (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, or CEAS). The CEAS authorizes the holder to teach in New Jersey public schools and expedites the ability to become certified in most other states. The CEAS never expires.

In New Jersey, candidates who have completed an initial teaching certification program must successfully complete one year of teaching in order to be eligible to receive a permanent Standard Certificate.

Total credit requirements for this program include the Teaching Field Requirements, Additional Requirements for State Certification, and the Graduate Professional Sequence.


Program Requirements

Teaching Field Requirements
Mathematics Core
CSIT 111Fundamentals of Programming I3
MATH 122Calculus I4
MATH 221Calculus II4
MATH 222Calculus III4
MATH 335Linear Algebra4
MATH 340Probability3
MATH 350College Geometry3
MATH 431Foundations of Modern Algebra3
Mathematics Electives
Select 6 credits from the list (see below)6
Teaching Methods
MATH 470Teaching of Mathematics3-4
or MATH 519 Teaching Mathematics
Total Credits37-38

Mathematics Electives

MATH 323Complex Variables3
MATH 420Ordinary Differential Equations4
MATH 425Advanced Calculus I3
MATH 426Advanced Calculus II3
MATH 433Theory of Numbers3
MATH 450Foundations of Geometry3
MATH 451Topology3
MATH 463Numerical Analysis3
MATH 464Operations Research I3
MATH 465Operations Research II3
MATH 469Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 471Selected Topics in Modern Mathematics3
MATH 475History of Mathematics3
MATH 485Applied Combinatorics and Graph Theory3
MATH 490Honors Seminar3
MATH 495Topics for Undergraduates1-3
MATH 497Mathematics Research I1-3
MATH 498Mathematics Research II1-3
MATH 574Problem Analysis in Secondary Mathematics3
MATH 575Selected Topics in Mathematics Education3
MATH 579Approaching School Mathematics Through Applications3
STAT 441Statistical Computing3
STAT 443Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
Additional Requirements for State Certification
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 13
Physiology and Hygiene
Pass the MSU Health Knowledge Test available through the Center of Pedagogy or have the Undergraduate equivalent course approved by advisor.
Educational Psychology
EDFD 582Learning Theories3
or PSYC 560 Advanced Educational Psychology
Graduate Professional Sequence
Introductory Sequence
EDFD 505Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling3
or SASE 505 Teaching, Democracy, and Schooling
SASE 518Technology Integration in the Classroom1
Diversity and Instructional Sequence
EDFD 509Sociocultural Perspectives of Teaching3
or SASE 509 Sociocultural Perspectives on Teaching and Learning
EDFD 516Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners1
or SASE 516 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
SASE 517Inclusive Classrooms in Middle and Secondary Schools1
READ 501Techniques of Reading Improvement in the Secondary School3
EDFD 519Assessment for Authentic Learning3
or SASE 519 Assessment for Authentic Learning
Pedagogical Sequence I
SASE 526Teaching for Learning I3
SASE 527Fieldwork3
Pedagogical Sequence II
SASE 514Inservice Supervised Graduate Student Teaching 26
or SASE 529 Student Teaching
SASE 543Teaching for Learning II3
Total Credits36

May be completed by examination.


SASE 514 is for in-service teachers.

Additional Requirements for State Certification

The following additional requirements must be met prior to student teaching. Upon admission to the program, the student's submitted transcripts are evaluated to determine if any of these requirements have been fulfilled by previous coursework. In such cases, the requirement(s) appears on the degree audit as being waived.

  • CMST 101 or Speech Challenge Exam or documented & approved experience
  • Physiology & Hygiene - free test at county office of education or BIOL/HLTH course
  • Educational Psychology - EDFD 582 or PSYC 560
  • Psychology or equivalent undergraduate course work

Note: Certification requirements are subject to change.