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Are you interested in learning more about teaching Math Immersion? Please review the guide below to learn more and for working links, please review the attachments.
The Mathematics Immersion program exists to help us train more Math teachers by enabling candidates with strong math content knowledge but no math major with the conceptual background and practical training needed to excel as a math teacher. All Math candidates, regardless of their background, must have 30 credits in Math to be certified by New York State. The Math Immersion program helps you earn those 30 credits by enabling you to take 6 Math credits as part of your coursework and the remainder of your credits at your own expense.
Eligibility for the Math Immersion program is determined by having:
Earned a B-minus or better in at least one college-level calculus course. Please note: AP Calculus counts if the university has accepted it as college credit; Pre-calculus does not.
Math Immersion Candidates are most successful when they:
a) Have earned a B-minus or better in at least three college-level math courses.
b) Have academic and/or professional backgrounds in math-related fields such as (but not limited to) engineering, finance, or economics.
What is the certification and testing requirement to teach math?
Through our alternative certification programs, you will work in your full-time school position under a Transitional B certificate issued by New York State. Note that upon admission to your university, and a full evaluation of your transcript you may work towards a 5-9 or 7-12 teaching certificate at your university's discretion.
The Transitional B certificate is valid for up to three years, as long as you remain in good standing. To be eligible for this certification, you will need to take and pass two certification exams listed below*:
What will I be teaching?
The Common Core State Standards for mathematical practice outline the expertise that educators should be working to develop in students of all ages and academic abilities.
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
2. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
3. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
4. Model with mathematics
5. Attend to precision
6. Use appropriate tools strategically
7. Look for and make use of structure
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning