Acadia University Certificate in Math Teaching

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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

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 the Halifax area; in Summer, courses are generally scheduled on weekdays, again in the Halifax area. To the extent possible, course instructors consult with the cohort when deciding on the best dates and timeslots for classes.

Our 2021 cohort began in January 2021, and we are currently making plans for our next cohort to start in September 2023. The 2021 cohort’s schedule is currently planned 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)


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 for the next cohort in September 2023 are due by February 1, 2023.

Applications require:

  1. A completed online application.
  2. A Letter of Intent
  3. A Résumé / CV
  4. Two Reference letters (generally one academic and one professional)
  5. Official Transcripts
  6. Application/Admission Fee

Transcripts must be mailed. All other documents can be uploaded through the Application portal when you apply.

Graduate Education Course Manager
Office of Graduate Studies
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6

Contact Us

To express interest or request further information, please contact:

Brenda Harris

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Acadia University