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Graduate Certificates | Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Entrance Exam: Not Required
College of Education

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. 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.


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.

Career Prospects

Not ready to commit to a master’s program, but need additional knowledge and credentials to advance your teaching career? Teachers not wanting a full master's degree, current graduate students in mathematics, and community college instructors who want to develop expertise in teaching mathematics find this certificate program to be helpful in providing additional training and credits required for advanced teaching positions. Because the credits can be applied toward a master’s degree program at NC State, the graduate certificate serves as a valuable stepping stone, delivering measurable job advancement.