If you’re an active teacher who has an elementary, middle school, or special education teaching license—and frequently wish you were in a leadership position—the certificate in elementary mathematics leadership is a possibility to consider.

This completely online five-course certificate provides the additional depth of mathematics content and pedagogical knowledge needed to make you a successful math teacher and educator-leader. With certificate courses, you can take what you learned into your classroom the next day. What’s more, the five courses can be applied to one of two options in our master of arts in mathematics education (K-12).

We offer this program based on the rationale from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, which considers mathematics school and district leaders essential to improving mathematics instruction and achievement. 

Academic Advisor

Dr. Ann Leitze, Professor of mathematics education
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Anticipated Course Schedule

View a schedule of course offerings through summer 2023.

Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Leadership (15 credits)

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • MATH 690 Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education (3 credits)
  • MATH 693 Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • MATH 697 Mathematics Teacher Leadership I (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

Select two courses:

  • MATH 614 Algebra Reasoning for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 615 Number Concepts and Number Theory for Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 616 Rational Numbers and Proportionality for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Math Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 623 Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • MATH 640 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Math Teachers (3 credits)

A grade point average of 3.0 is required to receive the certificate. No grade lower than a C will count toward the certificate. Transfer credits are not accepted.

For course descriptions and prerequisites, view the course catalog.

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Certificate in Elementary Mathematics Leadership

Your first step in taking program courses is to apply and meet the admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School

In addition, you must have a current elementary, middle school, or special education teaching license and at least one year of elementary teaching experience. If you already are enrolled in the Graduate School, you’ll need to apply for admission to the program before you complete 6 credits.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.


Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

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