Mathematics Teaching and Learning

 

Graduate Certificate | Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching and Learning is an online program that focuses on developing knowledge and instructional approaches in teaching mathematics. The program serves practicing teachers, as well as those preparing for careers as teachers, in middle school through college settings. They will learn how to apply research-based understandings of students’ thinking, pedagogical approaches, and broader educational issues (e.g., discourse and equity) to inform practices of teaching content such as geometry, algebra, and statistics.

Four courses totaling 12 credit hours are required. Students can complete the program in three or four semesters.

Eligibility

Requirements for admission include:

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education, mathematics, or statistics
    or a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale;
  2. Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work (unofficial copies accepted);
  3. A written statement of goals related to enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in
    Mathematics Teaching and Learning.

International applicants who are not degree-seeking students in an NC State University graduate program can complete the program online. International students will not be able to receive a visa to complete this graduate certificate program in the U.S.

Cost

This 12-credit graduate program includes four 3-credit graduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $5,436 for North Carolina residents and $15,132 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

The certificate requires 12 hours (four courses) of mathematics education courses, taken for a grade, at NC State. No courses can be transferred in to the graduate certificate program.
Students choose four of the five courses below. The courses are all available online.

EMS 510 - Interactions In the Mathematics Classroom

Units: 3

This course focuses on interactions between students and teachers in the mathematics classroom. Topics studied will include: whole class instruction, small group activity, questioning and facilitating classroom discussion. This course will include a field experience in the schools for which students will be required to provide their own transportation. Course restricted to mathematics education students in the MED, MS or MAT programs.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Fall Term

EMS 513 - Teaching and Learning of Algebraic Thinking

Units: 3

Teaching and learning of algebra from a developmental perspective; research-based methods for developing students' algebraic thinking; structure and processes used in algebra. Focus on how students develop algebraic ideas from upper elementary grades through Algebra I.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2019 Summer Term 2

EMS 514 - Teaching and Learning of Geometric Thinking

Units: 3

Focus will be on the development of geometric thinking in grades K-12 using multiple instructional approaches, including technology, and considered using different theories of learning and frameworks [e.g., Van Hiele, SOLO taxonomy]. Topics may include: measurement, similarity, congruence, properties of 2 and 3 dimensional figures, circles, non-Euclidean geometries. Synthetic, analytic and transformational, formal and informal approaches will be highlighted.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2019 Fall Term

EMS 519 - Teaching and Learning of Statistical Thinking

Units: 3

This course is designed to bridge theory and practice on how students develop understandings of key concepts in data analysis, statistics, and probability. Discussion of students' understandings, teaching strategies and the use of manipulatives and technology tools. Topics include distribution, measures of center and spread, sampling, sampling distribution, randomness, and law of large numbers. Must complete a first level graduate statistics course [ ST 507, ST 511, or equivalent] before enrolling.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2019 Spring Term

EMS 580 - Teaching Mathematics with Technology

Units: 3

Prepares prospective mathematics teachers to use technology in their classrooms to assist students in formulating and solving math problems in the middle and high school mathematics curricula.

Offered in Fall Only

Find this course:

2019 Fall Term

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallApril 1
SpringNovember 15
Summer 1April 1
Summer 2April 1

Dr. Karen Hollebrands

Program Director

College of Education


kfholleb@ncsu.edu

Contact me for: Program details

Christy Buck

Graduate Student Services Coordinator, Department of STEM Education

College of Education

919.515.1740
christy_buck@ncsu.edu