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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Mathematics 5–8

This five-course certificate is designed to expand the middle school mathematics teacher’s repertoire of instructional strategies and resources. Using the Common Core State Standards and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics content and process standards as a framework, students in these courses explore key topics in a well-balanced middle school program, including number systems and operations; geometric thinking and measurement; algebraic reasoning, functions, and equations; and data, probability, and statistical reasoning. The emphases of the program are the proportional reasoning and algebraic thinking skills critical to student success in high school mathematics as well as methods for assessing mathematics skills and knowledge, addressing misconceptions, and engaging students through mathematical modeling and multiple representations.

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  •  15 total semester credits


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The course sequence for this specialization is dependent upon the student’s Program of Study. Students work directly with their student success advisor to ensure the appropriate course sequence based on course availability.