Certificate in Mathematics Learning and Teaching
Drexel University School of Education
The Certificate in Mathematics Learning and Teaching offers current mathematics teachers a means of engaging in professional development and promoting their knowledge of content and pedagogy.
The ideal candidate:
- Is currently in a classroom actively teaching mathematics
- Has at least two years of mathematics teaching experience
- Is committed to implementing student-centered and problem-based instructional practices that value multiple solution methods
Program for Mathematics Teachers
This Drexel University credential enables current mathematics teachers in grades 4-12 to improve their skills and breadth of expertise in the content area that they teach as well as its relation to the broader mathematics curriculum. The program is also designed to prepare graduates to engage in the development and implementation of elementary, middle school or high school curriculum and instruction as well as content and learning progressions that cut across topics and grade levels.
Teachers of all grade levels will have opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of a variety of elementary, middle and/or secondary mathematics content and pedagogy. Special emphasis is placed on how a broader understanding of math curriculum as a whole informs teaching and supports student understanding.
Unique Learning Experience
The program focuses largely on revision and reflection. There are opportunities for teachers to unpack and reconceptualize mathematics in the areas of number sense and numerical operations, geometry and measurement, algebra, data analysis and probability, functions and calculus.
The faculty provide instruction the same way they want the teachers to teach their students. The emphasis is on the learning process rather than the final product. Specific skills that are key to classroom success – asking good questions, using precise, accurate, powerful language and representations, understanding and building on student thinking and giving good feedback – are modeled and practiced. The courses demonstrate research-based best practices; an experience that allows teachers to facilitate using collaborative, student-centered instruction in their own classroom.
In many courses assignments are divided into two parts. During the first half, teachers work independently on deep, hard and rigorous assignments focused on the content of school mathematics, from grades 4-12. During the second half, teachers work collaboratively to discuss, evaluate, revise and analyze each others’ solutions. Finally, there are whole-class discussions where students and faculty discuss the tasks, the solution and explanation, and any pedagogical implications.
Teachers enrolled in the certificate program take courses alongside teachers enrolled in the MS in Mathematics Learning and Teaching and are encouraged to matriculate into the MS program.
The certificate consists of 15 credits (5 courses) preparing current mathematics teachers for further study and development in cutting-edge mathematics learning and teaching.
Course descriptions may be viewed in the Drexel University Course Catalog.
Since the certificate is customizable, there is no typical plan of study. After you have been admitted, your advisor will help you develop a plan of study that fulfills the program requirements while meeting your own needs. This program does not lead to initial teaching certification.