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Certification in Mathematics Education

Earn your math teaching certificate without the commitment of an additional degree through this non-degree program aimed at students with a background in mathematics but not education.

You will take only the courses that you need to meet state certification requirements, learn introductory education topics, and gain classroom experience. Upon completion of the program, you will earn certification to teach mathematics in grades 6-12.


  • Earn initial certification to teach science in grades 6-12
  • Individualized course of study
  • Most students complete the program in about a year
  • 100 percent employment rate upon graduation


Qualified math teachers are in high demand now that new standards and assessments have elevated the importance of the subject. Turn your math background into a teaching career by shoring up your subject matter knowledge with education fundamentals.

Gain the education foundation and classroom experience you need to become a certified math teacher. You will also learn about mathematics curriculum and the latest standards including Common Core.

You will work with an advisor to design a course of study that includes only what you need to meet state certification requirements. For most students, that includes:

  • Educational foundations
  • The teaching and learning of math
  • Teaching students with disabilities
  • Student teaching

Depending on your background, you may need to take a few mathematics or statistics courses to meet the certification requirements.

Study with faculty recognized nationally for their research on topics including mathematics curriculum, assessment, and technology.

Download a Program of Study (PDF)


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate degree
  • Completion of at least 2 semesters of calculus

While completing the Graduate School application, you will need to provide:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
    You will identify your letter writers and provide them the recommendation form (PDF) . Ask your letter writers to complete the form and send directly to Katrina Neidlinger . Choose recommenders who know your academic work well and can speak to your capacity to complete the required mathematics course work and to work with secondary students in schools. Do not solicit “character references” from friends, family, or people you know socially.
  • Transcripts
    You must submit 2 official (sealed) transcripts from every higher institution you have attended, except the University of Georgia.
  • Statement of purpose
    Submit a statement explaining how your background prepares you to pursue secondary mathematics teacher certification.

Deadline to Apply

Consult program coordinator

Student Outcome Data

2022-2023 Program Assessment

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