Why study Mathematics BA/Adolescent Education EdM at UB?
The mathematics education program is an accelerated, combined degree that leads to a Mathematics BA and a Mathematics Education EdM in five years.
The coursework in the first three years of the program will provide deep knowledge of mathematics making students content experts. In addition, select education courses that include experiential components give students opportunity to experience the nuances of the teaching profession. The graduate portion of the program will continue to build understanding of mathematics as well as providing the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year in the program includes a one-year residency that allows students to co-teach alongside an expert teacher. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.
At the end of the five-year program, successful students will receive recommendation for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.
Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the Mathematics BA. In addition, graduates of the program will:
- Demonstrate subject specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
- Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
- Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that includes critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
- Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
- Promote the application of research and evidence based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
- Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.
The Learning Environment
Mathematics courses are usually delivered in a lecture format and include recitations that allow students to seek additional explanation of course material and practice problem solving skills. Enrollment in lower level mathematics courses is limited to 90 students while advanced courses usually do not exceed 30-40 students. The Mathematics Department also offers individual study courses that let students research specialized topics under guidance of a faculty member. For the last few years the department has been increasing the number of courses that are offered online.
Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10 – 18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as online. Small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, a one-year placement as a “teacher-in-residence” will provide a comprehensive learning opportunity in a secondary education classroom setting.
About Our Facilities
All faculty and administrative offices of the Math Department are located in the Mathematics Building. The Mathematics Building also has a few classrooms that are used for seminars and more advanced courses. Large mathematics courses meet in other buildings on UB North Campus. Rooms 107 and 110 in the Mathematics Building house the Math Help Center that offers free, walk-in help on lower level mathematics courses.
All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are offered throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK – 12 schools.
About Our Faculty
The Department of Mathematics is proud of its excellent teaching and active research programs. Several faculty members have received awards for excellence in teaching. Faculty members are currently involved in research in areas such as mathematical analysis, abstract algebra, number theory, geometry, topology, and applied mathematics. Each year approximately one third of the faculty hold external research grants, from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Security Agency and the Department of Defense.
Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research done in environments that promote examination of issues across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Mathematics department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.
Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be well equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as in government agencies.
Students intending or considering a mathematics education major are encouraged to talk with the undergraduate director at 716-645-8785 and the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at 716-645-6622 at the earliest opportunity. GSE advisement meetings can be scheduled face-to-face and via SKYPE or Facetime.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Mathematics
306 Baldy Hall
Academic Advisor, Teacher Education Institute
Scholarships and Financial Support
Hazel and John Wilson Scholarship
This award is presented to one or more outstanding mathematics majors annually, and is awarded on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
Harry Merrill Gehman Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded each spring to one or more mathematics majors who have a demonstrated interest in teaching.