If you are a community college mathematics instructor, you may know that math can be the obstacle to degree completion for many students.

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and other community colleges across the country are encouraging, if not mandating, mathematics instructors to take graduate-level math classes or earn a master’s in general education math to help refine their classroom skills.

One option for community college instructors is Ball State’s online certificate in foundational mathematics teaching in the community college, which provides you with 15 of the 18 credits required for math credentialing.

This math certificate provides you with the mathematics content and pedagogical knowledge needed to teach effectively at the community college foundational mathematics level. For you, the benefit is learning different ways to engage foundational learners with mathematical concepts. For your students, it means success in continuing their studies at a four-year college or in their workplace.

Some of the courses in this certificate can be applied to a master of arts in mathematics education, if you wish to continue your graduate work.

Academic Advisor

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

Course Requirements

Anticipated Course Schedule

View a schedule of course offerings through summer 2023.

All courses in this 15-credit program are offered online.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • MATH 613 Quantitative Reasoning for Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 614 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 623 Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistical Reasoning (3 credits)

Electives (Choose 6 credits, select two courses)

  • 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 640 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics 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, see the course catalog.

View Catalog


Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

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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