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 post-secondary foundational mathematics teaching, 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 post-secondary 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

Anticipated Course Schedule

View a schedule of course offerings through summer 2019.

Course Requirements

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

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • MATH 514 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary, Middle School, and Foundational Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 631 Technology for Mathematics Teachers (3 credits)
  • MATH 693 Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • MATH 519 Quantitative Reasoning for Teachers (3 credits)

Electives (Choose 3 credits, select one course)

  • 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 meet one of the three following requirements:

  1. hold a current teaching license and at least one year of teaching experience
  2. have teaching status at a community college
  3. permission of the chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences


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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