Curriculum and Instruction

B.S. Adolescent Math Education and Students with Disabilities (SWD) Generalist (Grades 7-12)

The dual certification BS in Adolescent Mathematics Education and Students with Disabilities prepares teacher candidates to become knowledgeable, caring, and inspiring general education Mathematics and special education teachers of high school students (grades 7-12) who cultivate and enhance student success in mathematics. This program equips candidates with the skills, knowledge and foundation to motivate general education middle and high school students at various skill levels to learn the fundamentals of problem-solving, logic and probability. The program includes a minimum of 150 hours of field experiences in middle and high school classrooms, typically completed in required education coursework.  The program also includes supervised practice teaching in actual classrooms at two grade levels, allowing candidates to observe licensed teachers, interact with students, and understand the adolescent mindset as it relates to the study of mathematics. Candidates who successfully complete this bachelor's programs and pass all required NYS teacher certification exams will be eligible for two initial certifications when the BS is awarded.  

      As a mathematics education major, candidates strengthen their knowledge of geometry, algebra, calculus, sets, probability and the fundamentals of mathematical and logical thinking. Throughout the program, candidates acquire skills in problem solving and teaching strategies that can actively engage students in learning mathematics with texts of varying content level and difficulty. 

      This program qualifies candidates to pursue two initial teaching certifications.  In pursuing this degree, candidates examine theories of adolescent development, motivation, and learning for students who are in 7th to 12th grades.  They master the skills needed to encourage students to learn new material and to take responsibility for themselves and one another.  As they work toward this degree, candidates gain an understanding and appreciation of Mathematics, their major area of study.  They also acquire techniques to assess and evaluate a child's intellectual and social development and learn the basic principles of classroom management for a diverse student population.  This undergraduate program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience that will allow candidates to practice their new skills in both general and special education classroom settings. 

     After they complete all degree requirements, successfully pass New York State licensure tests and have completed all required teacher certification workshops, candidates will apply for and be awarded initial teaching certification by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) in Adolescence Education: Math (grades 7-12) and in Special Education, 7-12 Generalist. 

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits

EDI 14

Historical, Philosophical and Sociological Foundation of Education


PSY 98

Psychological Perspectives of Teaching and Learning


EDI 19

Culturally Responsive-Sustainable Education


MTH 73

Fundamental Concepts of Geometry



Curriculum and Assessment for Preservice Teachers


EDI 56

Literacy Acquisition for English Language Learners


EDI 17

Psychology and Development of the Adolescent


EDS 45

Teaching Students with Disabilities


EDI 35

General Methods of Teaching Secondary Education



Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Classroom Populations: Grades 5-12


EDS 600

Introduction to the Study of the Exceptional Child and Adolescent


EDS 630

Curriculum Based Assessment/Instruction of Students with Mild Disabilities at the Elementary and Secondary Level


EDS 631

Curriculum Based Assessment/Instruction of Severe SWD at the Elementary and Secondary Levels


EDS 632

Instruction and Classroom Management for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Problems



Methods and Materials in Teaching Specific Subject to Grades 7-12



Supervised Student Teaching in Adolescence Education: Grades 7-12


EDS 713

Supervised Student Teaching and Seminar in Special Education


Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 45
Total Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 27-28
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Total Degree Credits 120

Core Requirements


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