Adolescence Education: Mathematics (7-12) Major

Teaching is a rewarding profession and good math teachers are always in demand. At SUNY Cortland, you will get a solid foundation in mathematics along with nationally recognized professional preparation for teaching in grades 7-12. If you decide you don’t want to teach, you’ll have a degree that you can use to pursue other careers. You also have the option of working toward dual certification in both mathematics and physics.

Career Potential

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

What Will I Learn?

The math courses you take will teach you to think critically, reason logically and solve problems. While the professional preparation courses will help you become a more effective teacher by introducing you to different teaching and assessment strategies. Ultimately, you get to put all these skills into practice during a semester of student teaching your senior year.

Special Features

  • Mathematics computer classroom
  • Dedicated smart board-equipped mathematics classroom
  • Institutional memberships in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Participation in regional undergraduate mathematics conferences and contests
  • Opportunities for student teaching in Australia

Get Involved

College is more than a classroom. Enhance your experience with these opportunities:

  • Tutor students through service-learning
  • Attend conferences

"The math department here at Cortland is very closely knit. All of the students form great relationships with each other as well as with the amazing faculty.”

Sara DiCandia, adolescence education: mathematics major

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Contact Us

Office: Moffett Center, Room 129
Phone: 607-753-4326
Fax: 607-753-2971

Fast Facts

Mathematics majors score the highest on professional graduate school exams such as the LSAT and the GMAT.

Type of Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Credit Hours: 124


We recognize excellence in our students with awards and scholarships.

  • David L. Pugh Award for Superior Achievement in Mathematics by a Junior
  • William H. Reynolds Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics by a Senior
  • Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics by a Senior
  • Superior Achievement in Mathematics by a Junior

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