Acadia University Certificate in Math Teaching

A teacher observes a student writing an equation on the chalkboard.

Acadia University's Certificate in Math Teaching will build your skills as a math educator for grades 5-9 (including grade 4/5 splits). The certificate is designed for teachers without a strong background in mathematics or for those seeking to update their knowledge of math curriculum and pedagogy. Our certificate addresses professional development needs identified by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, and the Minister's Advisory Committee on Teacher Certification has approved our certificate as an upgrade certificate for eligible teachers.

In this part-time, post-BEd certificate, you'll complete 30 credit-hours of courses selected by our School of Education, Department of Mathematics, and provincial math consultants and program leaders. You'll participate in courses offered in local cohorts (evening/weekend classes during the school year) and compressed summer study courses, supported by online work. Most teachers will complete the certificate in two years. You are also welcome to take individual courses without enrolling in the full certificate.

The certificate combines undergraduate math courses in topics central to curriculum with graduate courses in education that focus on mathematics pedagogy, in order to provide you with both the content area support and the specific pedagogical knowledge to sharpen your math teaching. The courses are structured to offer a "scope and sequence" approach to math curriculum, providing you with an understanding of the development of these concepts across the grades, as well as the role those concepts play in understanding math in future grades. 

In this program, you'll develop:

  • A broad understanding of mathematics topics and concepts central to math curriculum in grades 5-9, with a focus on how students develop these concepts, on problems that may arise in learning/teaching these concepts, and how the topics are both inter-related and related to continuing topics in the public school math curriculum.
  • An understanding of current research and theory in math pedagogy, and how it informs current math curricula.
  • An understanding of individual, small group, and whole group curriculum and instructional design for the teaching of mathematics.
  • An understanding of assessment as it applies to the learning of mathematics in these key grades.
Courses and Schedule

In the Certificate in Math Teaching, you'll complete six (6) Mathematics courses and four (4) Education courses, for a total of 30 credit-hours.   

Though some courses will be a blended mix of face-to-face classroom and online work, the program is primarily a face-to-face cohort program. In the Fall, Winter and Spring terms, courses are scheduled on selected Saturdays; in Summer, courses are generally scheduled on weekdays. To the extent possible, course instructors consult with the cohort when deciding on the best dates and timeslots for classes.

Our current cohort started in September 2016, and we are making plans for a new cohort intended to begin in September 2018.  If you are interested in joining a future cohort, please contact us. 

Course Term
MATH 1533 - Mathematical Concepts Fall 2016
MATH 1543 - Mathematical Concepts II Winter 2017
EDUC 5053 - Problems in Education: Mathematics Spring 2017
EDUC 5673 - Current Research and Theory in Curriculum: Mathematics Summer 2017
MATH 1553 - Patterns and Algebra Summer 2017
MATH 1563 - Number: Whole Numbers, Integers, Rationals and Real Numbers     Fall 2017
EDUC 5843 - Instructional Design Mathematics Winter 2018
MATH 1573 - Geometry: 2D and 3D Spring 2018
EDUC 5303 - Principles of Assessment: Mathematics Assessment Focus Summer 2018
MATH 1583 - Probability, Data Analysis, and Proportion Summer 2018
Admission & Application

To be admitted to the program, you must hold a Bachelor of Education (or equivalent) and a current teacher certification license. You must also meet the academic entrance standards for admission to Acadia University to Independent Student status at the graduate education level. 

You may be either currently teaching mathematics in the identified grades (5-9) or be interested in teaching math in these grades. The certificate is articulated to teachers at the grade 5-9 level who do not have a strong background in mathematics in their undergraduate education (i.e. the program is not intended for students holding math majors or strong math minors).

The certificate has been approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education as a "Certificate". We advise you to apply to NS Teacher Certification in advance of enrolling in the program, if your interest is in applying for a raise in teaching license on the basis of the certificate. Please note that completion of this program will not in itself constitute endorsement for mathematics as a teachable subject at the secondary level.

Program costs are based on per-course graduate tuition at Acadia. Professional development funds may be available from your board.

Applications will include:

  1. Application form (online)
  2. Cover Letter (letter of intent)
  3. Official copies of post-secondary transcripts (not required from Acadia)
  4. Reference letter (letter of support)
  5. Resume (CV)
  6. Application fee of $50.00, by credit card or cheque (payable to Acadia University)


Contact Us

To express interest or request further information, please contact:
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6