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Acadia University Certificate in Math Teaching

For Teachers of Mathematics, Grades 5-9

Overview | Program Objectives | Schedule & Requirements | Admission & Application

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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.

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Program Objectives

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:

  1. 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.
  2. An understanding of current research and theory in math pedagogy, and how it informs current math curricula.
  3. An understanding of individual, small group, and whole group curriculum and instructional design for the teaching of mathematics.
  4. An understanding of assessment for and of learning as it applies to the learning of mathematics in these key grades.

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Schedule & Requirements

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. 

Program Courses - 2016 Cohort

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


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Admission & Application

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. 

Application Checklist:


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: 

Open Acadia

Attention: Brenda Harris

Box 118, 21 University Avenue, Acadia University 

Wolfville, NS  B4P 2R6


Questions ?

 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


Open Acadia
1-800-565-6568 / 1-902-585-1434

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Contact Us

phone Phone: 902-585-1434
Toll-Free: 1-800-565-6568
Fax:  902-585-1057 
phone Rhodes Hall, Attn: Open Acadia
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS 
B4P 2R6
Monday — Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm AST