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Adolescence Education: Mathematics (7-12) [AEM] (Major)

This major in the Mathematics Department leads to New York state certification to teach mathematics in grades 7-12.

Mathematics Department Course Retake Policy

  • For the purpose of this policy, "course" refers to any course offered by the Mathematics Department that is used to satisfy the requirements of any major or minor offered by the department [MAT], [AEM], [APM].
  • A student may repeat a course to replace a failing grade, grade of X (withdrawal from course) or to improve the student's grade point average when the first enrollment resulted in a passing grade.
  • A student may enroll in a course twice. A third or subsequent enrollment in that course shall be with the approval and by action of the Mathematics Department only. Such approval shall be given on a case by case basis and is not guaranteed. However, unless exceptional circumstances justify otherwise, a student shall not be allowed a third or subsequent enrollment in the same course if their total number of retakes in courses required for the major or minor is four or more. All retakes of the same course count towards this four-course threshold.
  • Students who are unable to earn the required grade after their allowable attempts will be blocked from further registration in the course. As such, if this course is required for the major/minor, the student will not be able to complete their program of study and will need to pursue a different major or minor.
  • Courses that are dropped during the add/drop period (the first week of classes) do not count as enrollments in this retake policy.

Career Potential

  • Curriculum coordinator
  • Mathematics teacher, high school or junior high school
  • Educational administrator 

A. Required MAT and MCS Courses: 39 credit hours
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 224 - Mathematical Reasoning and Proof (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 237 - Calculus III (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 272 - Linear Algebra (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 370 - Algebraic Structures I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 375 - Geometry I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 420 - Intermediate Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 446 - Probability and Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 480 - History of Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • MCS 186 - Introductory Programming (3 cr. hr.) Cross-listed with PHY 186
  • MAT elective at the 300 level or above
B. Core in Professional Preparation: 43-44 credit hours
  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 392 - Methods I: Teaching Adolescence Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 492 - Methods II: Field Experiences in Adolescence Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • AED 493 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Mathematics I (7 cr. hr.)
  • AED 494 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Mathematics II (7 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 471 - Foundations of Modern Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 449 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 406 - Educating English Language Learners (3 cr. hr.)
C. Additional Requirements (for the B.S. only): 7-14 credit hours
  • Foreign language courses: 0-6 credit hours. Foreign language through the 102 level is required for certification in earning the B.S.
  • Two courses must be chosen from the courses listed below. These courses may also simultaneously satisfy the requirements for General Education Categories 2 or 13.
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 262 - Historical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 150 - Astronomy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
D. Additional Requirements (for the B.A. only): 7-12 credit hours

Foreign language courses: 0-12 credit hours. Foreign language through the 202 level is required for certification in earning the B.A.

E. Additional General Education Courses: 30-37 credit hours

F. Admission to the Major

Completion of 30 credit hours with at least a 2.5 grade point average overall, and at least a 2.5 grade point average in each of the areas A and B above.

G. Eligibility for Student Teaching

To be eligible for AED 493: Student Teaching ? Adolescence Mathematics I and AED 494: Student Teaching ? Adolescence Mathematics II, students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.5, both overall and in each of the areas A and B above.

H. Program Portfolio

Students in adolescence education mathematics must complete and submit a program portfolio prior to graduation. Portfolio artifacts will be completed in AED 392, 492, 493/494 and submitted through Taskstream.

I. Other Requirements

In addition to the College's residency requirement (see Degree Requirements), at least half of the credit hours in area A and at least half of the credit hours in area B must be successfully completed at Cortland. Furthermore, courses in area B completed at Cortland should include: AED 392, AED 492, AED 493, and AED 494.

Specific information regarding state examinations for New York state teaching certification can be found under Degree Requirements.

Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.S. in Adolescence Education: Mathematics (7-12) over four years

The sample program is given as a model only and does not represent expectations for all programs offered. Students should consult an advisor in the Mathematics Department to obtain up-to-date program requirements.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15-16
  • GE 2 or 13
  • Foreign language
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 135 - Calculus I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16-17
  • MCS 186
  • GE 2 or 13
  • Foreign language
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 236 - Calculus II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • GE 4
  • GE 8
  • MAT 224 - Mathematical Reasoning and Proof (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 237 - Calculus III (4 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 17-18
  • GE 7
  • GE 12
  • AED 391 - Introduction to Adolescence Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 110 - Personal and Community Health (3 cr. hr.) or
  • HLH 199 - Critical School Health Issues (2 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 272 - Linear Algebra (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 332 - Educational Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 18
  • GE 6
  • GE 11
  • AED 392 - Methods I: Teaching Adolescence Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • ESL 406 - Educating English Language Learners (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 370 - Algebraic Structures I (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 375 - Geometry I (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • AED 492 - Methods II: Field Experiences in Adolescence Mathematics (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
  • LIT 449 - Literacy in the Middle and Secondary School (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 420 - Intermediate Analysis (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 446 - Probability and Statistics (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 14
  • AED 493 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Mathematics I (7 cr. hr.)
  • AED 494 - Student Teaching: Adolescence Mathematics II (7 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • MAT/MCS elective
  • GE 5
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • EDU 471 - Foundations of Modern Education (3 cr. hr.)