|Year One||MAT131 or MAT141||MAT132 or MAT142||MAT211|
|Year Four||MAT322||MAT342||MAT elective||MAT401/2|
Year One MAT131 MAT132 Year Two MAT203 MAT303 MAT211 MAT250 Year Three MAT320 MAT318 or MAT312 or MAT313 MAT310 MAT331 Year Four MAT341 or MAT342 MAT elective MAT elective MAT elective
The fast program is suggested for those considering graduate school in a math-related discipline, while students taking the regular program who intend to seek employment immediately upon graduation should consider taking some relevant AMS courses. A computer science course is also strongly recommended as an elective for all students in the regular program. Those considering graduate school should take several more undergraduate MAT classes, and should also consider signing up for a senior thesis and taking departmental honors. MAT electives may be selected from the upper division courses.
Teacher preparation program
The Certification Program for Secondary Education in Mathematics is an integral component of the undergraduate program of the Department of Mathematics. The program prepares students to become teachers of Secondary School Mathematics in grades 7-12.
The program, which requires a major in the Department of Mathematics or in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, features courses in pedagogy and extensive practical experience in a variety of educational settings in neighborhood schools. These varied classroom experiences help our students to immediately begin professional teaching. Our emphasis on mathematical issues, uses of technology, alternative assessment, and techniques of assertive discipline provides students with the necessary background for professional growth and development.
Students gain exposure to both constructivism and cooperative learning and are trained to develop approaches to problem solving that will motivate their students. They work with graphing calculators and computers as both mathematical and teaching tools, and as aids to conjecture and discovery. They also gain experience working with inclusion students; this is an important part of their preparation for their future field work. Above all, our program has a strong emphasis on learning mathematics, and on developing an appreciation of the beauty of the subject, and its connections to art and science.
The Mathematics Secondary Education Certification Program at Stony Brook is very much in line with the national standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Students spend many hours observing at the junior and senior high school levels. They do an intensive program of micro-teaching, aiding two different teachers and teaching several lessons. This is followed by the full student teaching experience, which prepares them for all the aspects of teaching. The Stony Brook Mathematics Department strives to produce future teachers with strong backgrounds in mathematics. Here in Suffolk County our program has been widely recognized for its excellence, and for the thoroughness with which our students are prepared. Many of our students are hired in local schools, often in the same districts where they have done their student teaching. A further link to the local school districts comes from our involvement in their Math Meets and Math Fairs. A multicultural approach to mathematics is part of our training. It provides students with rich experiences and prepares them for a wide range of possible teaching locations.
Additional information about teacher preparation and certification programs at Stony Brook can be found on the Professional Education Program pages