B.S. in Adolescence Education - Mathematics (Grades 7-12)
The Bachelor of Science program in Adolescence Education: Mathematics at LIU Post prepares a new generation of math teachers to cultivate and enhance student success in mathematics. This program equips you with the skills, knowledge and foundation to motivate middle and high school students at various skill levels to learn the fundamentals of problem-solving, logic and probability. The program includes supervised practice teaching in actual classrooms at two grade levels (7 to 9 and 10 to 12), allowing you to observe licensed teachers, interact with students, and understand the adolescent mindset as it relates to mathematics.
After you complete the degree requirements and successfully pass all licensure tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education to teach mathematics to grades 7 to 12.
To prepare you for the classroom environment, your coursework will emphasize effective teaching techniques, innovative lesson planning, motivation strategies, and student assessment. Your education classes will examine ways that you can use your knowledge to teach mathematics effectively to young students and to maximize learning outcomes. You will learn how to understand the intellectual, physical and emotional development of teenagers; encourage peer cooperation and collaboration; foster self-esteem and moral development; and to empower parents. You also will explore issues of race, ethnicity and gender in mathematics education for the general adolescence population and at-risk students. You will learn how to assist a young person in overcoming his or her struggles with math and to also fully nurture and cultivate those who understand the concepts quickly. LIU Post teacher education students enjoy close personal contact with faculty who are dedicated to mentoring the next generation of highly skilled teachers.
As a mathematics education major, you will strengthen your knowledge of geometry, algebra, calculus, sets, probability and the fundamentals of mathematical and logical thinking. Through the program, you will acquire skills in problem solving and teaching strategies that can actively engage students in learning mathematics with texts of varying content level and difficulty. Employment prospects for mathematics education majors are bright. There is a critical shortage of math teachers throughout the country, creating a demand for graduates with a mathematics education degree. Recruiters from school districts throughout the nation seek our graduates and the LIU Post Career Services office annually sponsors an education recruitment fair for our students to meet potential employers.
LIU Post has established partnerships with 80 schools on Long Island, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, providing education majors with a wide range of potential sites for student-teaching and field experience.