For Teachers of Mathematics, Grades 5-9
The Minister's Advisory Committee on Teacher Certification has approved this new Certificate in Math Teaching from Acadia University as an upgrade certificate for eligible teachers. This certificate, intended for teachers of mathematics grades 5-9 (including grade 4/5 splits) has been created by Acadia's School of Education and Department of Mathematics in consultation with NS Math consultants and program leaders, in order to address the teaching, learning, and assessment of key concepts and topics in the provincial math curriculum. Articulated to teachers who do not have a strong background in mathematics or to those who want to update their knowledge of math curriculum and pedagogy, this certificate addresses professional development needs identified by the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
Acadia University's Certificate in Math Teaching combines undergraduate math courses in topics central to curriculum with graduate courses in education focused on mathematics pedagogy, in order to provide teachers with both the content area support and the specific pedagogical knowledge to bring into effect improvements in the teaching of mathematics in these grades. The courses are structured to offer a "scope and sequence" approach to math curriculum, providing students with an understanding of the development of these concepts across the grades, as well as their role in understanding math in future grades. Qualified and interested teachers will be welcome, of course, to take individual courses without enrolling in the full certificate.
This part-time 30 credit-hour post-B.Ed. certificate is offered through a evening / weekend courses during the school year and compressed, intensive courses in the summer, supported by online work. In general, teachers enrolled will complete program requirements in two years.
The certificate aims to develop a number of learning outcomes, including:
The Certificate in Math Teaching requires teachers to complete six (6) Mathematics courses and four (4) Education courses, for a total 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. 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 our next cohort, to start in either July or September 2018. If you are interested in joining a future cohort, please let us know.
|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 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|
Students admitted will hold a Bachelor of Education (or equivalent) and a current teacher certification license. They may be 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 this 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). In addition, all applicants will be required to meet the academic entrance standards for admission to Acadia University, to independent student status at the graduate education level. Professional development funds may be available from your board.
This certificate has been approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education as a "Certificate". Applicants to the certificate are advised to apply to NS Teacher Certification in advance of enrolling in the program, if their interest is in applying for a raise in teaching license on the basis of the certificate. Please note that completion of this programme 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.
1. Completed application form (pdf)
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)
Expressions of interest should be sent to:
Attention: Brenda Harris
Box 118, 21 University Avenue, Acadia University
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
For further information on the program or the content of specific courses:
|Graduate Coordiantor||Graduate Coordinator|
|Department of Mathematics & Statistics||School of Education|
|Acadia University||Acadia University|
1-800-565-6568 / 1-902-585-1434