Are you teaching in the upper elementary grades for the first time in several years and just a little nervous about the level of mathematics you’re teaching? Ball State’s completely online certificate in middle school mathematics education can help you refresh your mathematics skills and give you confidence in the classroom.

Certificate courses...

  • cover the breadth of upper elementary and middle school mathematics
  • give you teaching ideas for a variety of elementary and middle school mathematics topics
  • show you how to teach mathematics through problem solving

Because the five courses within our certificate can be applied to a master of arts in mathematics education, you may want to continue your graduate work and earn the master’s degree, where you can choose between options in middle school or elementary math education.

Academic Advisor

Ann Leitze, Professor of Mathematics Education 
Department of Mathematical Sciences

If you are an Indiana-licensed school teacher, you can apply directly to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to have middle school mathematics added to your existing teaching license as an additional content area. As part of the application process, you must receive a qualifying score on IDOE’s middle school mathematics exam.

But before taking the exam, you’ll probably want to refresh your math skills. The five courses in our certificate are designed to broaden your skills and help you earn a qualifying score.

We also offer a graduate-level certificate in elementary mathematics teacher leadership.

Anticipated Course Schedule

View a schedule of course offerings through summer 2019.

Graduate Certificate in Middle School Mathematics Education (15 credits)

Required Course (3 credits)

  • MATH 693 Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving (3 credits)

Electives (12 credits, select four courses)

  • MATH 514 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 517 Number Concepts and Number Theory for Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 518 Rational Numbers and Proportionality for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Math Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 542 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 623 Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistical Reasoning (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 Mathematical Sciences section of the current Ball State Graduate Catalog.

Ready to Apply?

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 teaching experience. If you are currently enrolled in the Graduate School, you’ll need to apply for admission to the program before you complete 6 credits within the certificate.


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.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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