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 as part of a cohort, with courses on selected Saturdays during the school year and in compressed study in the summers, supported by online resources.   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

Our 2021 cohort began in January 2021, and we are currently making plans for our next cohort to potentially start in September 2023. The 2021 cohort’s schedule was as follows:

Course Term
MATH 1533 - Mathematical Concepts Winter 2021 (Online)
EDUC 5673 - Current Research and Theory in Curriculum: Mathematics Spring 2021 (Online)
MATH 1543 - Mathematical Concepts II Summer 2021 (Hybrid)
EDUC 5053 - Problems in Education: Mathematics Summer 2021 (Hybrid)
MATH 1553 - Patterns and Algebra Fall 2021 (Halifax)
MATH 1563 - Number: Whole Numbers, Integers, Rationals and Real Numbers Winter 2022 (Halifax)
EDUC 5843 - Instructional Design Mathematics Spring 2022 (Halifax, tbc)
MATH 1573 - Geometry: 2D and 3D Summer 2022 (Halifax, tbc)
EDUC 5303 - Principles of Assessment: Mathematics Assessment Focus Summer 2022 (Halifax, tbc)
MATH 1583 - Probability, Data Analysis, and Proportion Fall 2022 (Halifax, tbc)


Expressions of Interest and Applications

Step 1: Expressions of Interest

We are currently compiling Expressions of Interest from individuals who may be interested in our next potential 2023 cohort. To gauge the viability of offering this cohort program again (possibly starting in September 2023), interested participants are asked to submit a brief expression of interest by email, noting:

  • the reasons for your interest in this program, including your personal and professional experiences that position you well to succeed; and
  • your capacity to attend in-person classes on the weekends in Fall / Winter / Spring terms and in block/compressed in-person courses in the two summers (typically over a few weeks)

If the expressions of interest received serve to establish the viability of moving forward with a 2023 Cohort, students will be invited to submit a formal application (see Step 2 below)

Expressions of interest can be sent by email to

Step 2: Applications

If there is sufficient interest for a 2023 cohort, applications will be called for in early 2023, and will require the following:

  1. An online Application (link to be made available)
  2. A Letter of Intent
  3. A Résumé / CV
  4. Two Reference letters (generally, one academic and one professional)
  5. Official Transcripts (which will need to be mailed)
  6. Application / Admission Fee

Applications would potentially open in February 2023.

Note: Students are responsible for contacting the teacher certification branch to determine if a program and constituent courses meet requirements for upgrades to licenses or new endorsations for a change in job designation.

Contact Us

To express interest or request further information, please contact:

Brenda Harris

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Acadia University