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Engage your students in math and real-world problem-solving

To thrive in 21st-century life or science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, students need to be engaged by math while still in middle school. In this five-course graduate certificate that uses Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) content and process standards as a framework, you can learn practical strategies to engage students by applying mathematical concepts to solve real-world problems—from measuring objects to interpreting statistics. With an emphasis on the proportional reasoning and algebraic thinking critical to student success in high school, you will explore:

  • Strategies for teaching number systems and operations; geometric thinking and measurement; functions and equations; and data, probability, and statistical reasoning.
  • Problem-based activities to engage students in using common algorithms for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and decimals.
  • Algebraic reasoning, data, probability, and statistics as tools for resolving real-world problems in a variety of contexts.
  • Multiple approaches to presenting mathematical concepts and addressing student misconceptions.
  • You will increase your own expertise in mathematics as you gain the tools to foster your students’ real world skills and conceptual understanding of the subject.

Graduate certificate programs are non-degree programs in which certificates are issued upon completion of a series of courses in a specific area. Walden’s graduate certificate programs should not be confused with teacher certification programs and/or endorsements. Individuals seeking to meet teacher certification requirements must speak with an Enrollment Specialist.

""After the first course, you can take one course at a time, earn your degree faster by taking two courses at once, or choose a combination of the two throughout the program to fit your changing needs.

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Completion Requirements

  • 15 semester credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Credits from this program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Education.


Course Code Title Credits
MATH 6561

Learning and Teaching Mathematics

To foster high levels of learning and achievement in math, teachers must first have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and know how best to teach them. In this course,  teachers of K—8 mathematics are introduced to exciting ideas and practices to address their own learning and teaching of mathematics. Authentic and engaging mathematics experiences, including modeling, representing mathematical ideas in multiple ways, and identifying and addressing student misconceptions, are emphasized. Educators engage in effective practices for fostering students' ability to reason, analyze conceptual relationships, and persist in solving challenging problems. Connections across mathematics topics, skills, and levels as well as educational policies that impact the learning and teaching of mathematics are emphasized in this course. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) practices are frameworks for addressing fundamental principles and skills.

(3 sem. cr.)
MATH 6551

Understanding Number Systems and Operations

Understanding rational numbers is the foundation for understanding other critical mathematic concepts and their application to everyday life. In this course, middle-level mathematics teachers explore exciting ideas to help students determine appropriate operations for solving problems and becoming more proficient in working with factors, multiples, fractions, decimals, percents, and negative numbers. Teachers develop problem-based activities to engage students in using common algorithms and other mathematical reasoning and sense-making strategies for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing rational numbers. Strategies for estimation and using the number line to represent and solve problems are also provided in this course.

(3 sem. cr.)
MATH 6552

Geometric Thinking and Measurement

Understanding the relationship among geometry and measurement and solving problems using day-to-day real life experiences can motivate and guide students' thinking and reasoning around these concepts. In this course, middle mathematics teachers learn strategies to connect geometric thinking and measurement to other topics and develop their own conceptual understanding of geometry and measurement by learning what it means to estimate and measure attributes of objects and how to develop fundamental measurement concepts and skills. In this course educators are challenged and supported as they engage in opportunities to foster students' mathematical processes, proficiencies, and habits of mind around the concepts of shape, spatial relationships, and measurement, including estimation.

(3 sem. cr.)
MATH 6553

Algebraic Reasoning, Functions, and Equations

Algebra builds on a strong understanding of arithmetic and its properties in the real number system. Middle mathematics teachers have opportunities to move beyond the traditional teaching of algebra to the idea of algebraic thinking as an important component of all mathematics and everyday life. The use of tools, such as manipulative materials, calculators, and other emerging technological resources, provides educational professionals with concrete examples of how to incorporate the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice into their teaching. The goal of this course is to deepen educators' understandings of the role algebra plays in problem-solving and decision making so that they can apply this knowledge to support their students in developing similar knowledge and understandings. Educators explore a range of topics, including reasoning and sense-making; various types of functions; multiple uses of variables; pattern recognition; mathematical modeling; estimation; and the development of linear functions from rates, ratios, and proportional reasoning.

(3 sem. cr.)
MATH 6554

Data, Probability, and Statistical Reasoning

Understanding data, probability, and statistics is critical to making sense of the vast amounts of information available in today's world. Educators taking this course have authentic contexts for collecting, representing, and interpreting data, and they reinforce essential number concepts in promoting students' ability to think statistically. Middle mathematics teachers focus on using data as a context for developing a variety of mathematical topics and as an important step toward understanding statistical ideas and processes. The goal of this course is to develop educators' understanding and pedagogical practices so that they can promote their students' ability to use data, probability, and statistics to better understand real-world issues and to solve a wide range of relevant and engaging problems in many contexts.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 15 semester credit hours $595 per semester hour $8,925
Technology Fee Per semester $220 $660


*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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