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New York State Teacher Certification Program

Math Education, EdM (Professional)

UB's math education program focuses on problem solving, understanding, reasoning and mathematical communication. Our students learn to use technology to assess students' mathematical understanding and performance and the psychological and social aspects of mathematics teaching and learning. This program is for you if you hold a valid New York State initial teacher certificate in mathematics (grades 7-12) and are seeking the Master of Education, as well as a recommendation for the professional teacher certificate in mathematics (grades 7-12 with or without grades 5-6 extension).

As a graduate of UB Math Education program you will:

  • improve your understanding on how students learn,
  • be able to better motivate students,
  • learn innovative teaching methods,
  • become proficient with the latest educational technologies.

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Why Math Education?

In this program you will learn how to teach students to see the world through mathematical eyes. Students with the abililty to see numerical and spatial patterns and relationships in our complex world can outcompete others for jobs. More importantly, they are better positioned to help solve major problems such as global warming and energy crises. As a graduate of this program, you will be well equipped to prepare today's students for jobs of the future.

Applicants must...

The online Math Education EdM programs is for those who hold a valid NYS Initial Teacher Certificate in Mathematics (grades 7-12) and are seeking the Master of Education as well as a recommendation for the Professional Teacher Certificate in Mathematics (grades 7-12 with or without grades 5-6 extension).

Application Requirements

Initial Certification

Applicants for Professional Certification must have applied for, or received, New York State initial teacher certification in the matching certification area.  If application for teacher certification is in process, proof of such application must be submitted. If already certified, a copy of proof of teacher certification is required.

Applications are considered for fall and spring admission, with a rolling deadline for admission.  Seats are limited so apply early.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and submit the following:

  • An online application
  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Proof of New York State Initial Teacher Certification (or proof of application if in process)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for applicants pursuing teacher education programs

Acceptable Majors:  Applicants must ensure that they have an acceptable major that can lead to New York State teacher certification. University at Buffalo's list of acceptable majors is available at

Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name.  If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

Admissions Decision:  The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 6-8 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

FERPA:  In order to be complaint with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), we are prohibited from discussing the admissions decision with anyone other than you, the applicant.

Please Note:  Admission is competitive:  academic record, written statements and interviews are basic components of the admission's process.

Supporting Documentation

All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.


Program Requirements

Course Planning Guide

Students in the Math Ed EdM may start in any semester. You have the option of either working only on the EdM in Math Ed or in working to obtain one (or more) of three online Advanced Graduate Certificates (also known as AGCs) while working on your EdM in Math Ed. They include the following AGCs:

  • Educational Technology and New Literacies
  • Gifted Education
  • Online Education

If you choose to work on more than one AGC, you will need to discuss this with your advisor. The course work for each of the three AGCs has been worked out in coordination with the Math Ed EdM; this follows the coursework for only the EdM in Math Ed. The curriculum for the Math Ed EdM along with the AGCs is defined in the PDF attached at the bottom of this section.

Course Schedule for the Math Education EdM only:

Summer Odd Years

  • LAI 544: Teaching and Learning of Calculus

Fall Odd Years

  • LAI 514: Adolescent Writing across the Curriculum

Choose one:

  • LAI 508: Educational Uses of the Internet
  • LAI 678: Digital Media in Education
  • LAI 640: Designing Course Content Using Online Digital Resources

Spring Even Years

  • LAI 553: Technology in Secondary Math Teaching
  • LAI 645: School Math from an Adv Standpoint 3 (Combinatorics/Statistics)

Choose one (only need to do this in either an odd or even spring-not both):

  • LAI 534: Measurement and Evaluation of STEM* Instruction
  • LAI 599: Technology and Curriculum Integration
  • LAI 603: Developing Curricula for Emerging Adolescents

Summer Even Year

  • LAI 542: Enrichment Topics in Elementary and Middle School

Fall Even Years

  • LAI 578: Teaching and Learning of Statistics
  • LAI 647: School Math from an Adv Standpoint 4 (Nonplanar, 3D Math)

Spring Odd Years

  • LAI 546: Teaching and Learning of Algebra
  • LAI 552: Middle Childhood-Adolescent Literacy Methods

Choose one (only need to do this in either an odd or even spring-not both):

  • LAI 534: Measurement and Evaluation of STEM* Instruction
  • LAI 599: Technology and Curriculum Integration
  • LAI 603: Developing Curricula for Emerging Adolescents

Any Semester

  • LAI 700: The Capstone Course

Your capstone must be related to math education, and it may be taken by itself in a semester or in the summer with another course after at least 4 semesters of course work.

To view the course plan for a Math Education EdM with an advanced graduate certificate in Gifted Education, Online Education or Educational Technologies and New Literacies, please view the Advanced Graduate Certificate Options PDF below.

Please note: a grade of B- or higher is required for all coursework in this teacher education program.

What is the Time Commitment?

Online courses traditionally require a minimum of 9 to 12 hours of dedicated study outside of participation in the virtual classroom, so it is important that you take into consideration other personal and professional commitments as you pursue your coursework.


University Computing Standards

All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband  connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.

The Math Education EdM program is just one of many programs in the Department of Learning and Instruction, in the Graduate School of Education, at the University at Buffalo.