Graduate Certificate Program Mathematics for Middle School Teachers

PSU graduate student teaching math to middle school students

Mathematics for Middle School Teachers Graduate Certificate Overview

PSU Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Share your fascination with mathematics with young people through PSU's graduate certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers. This graduate program equips you with a real-world application to the knowledge and skills you'll need to become a successful middle school math teacher.

Our program provides you with a broad mathematics background, a familiarity with the current middle school curriculum ideas, and a sensitivity to the special characteristics and needs of early adolescents.

This six-course program will enrich and broaden your mathematics background by immersing you in an environment that models the way we believe middle school math should be taught. You will work collaboratively with your peers on problem-solving activities and be versed in how to connect social and political issues to middle school mathematics topics that will keep young students engaged and excited about learning.

Now is a better time than ever before for math teachers, so dive into our graduate program and prepare to teach the next generation of students in math and critical thinking.

For program-specific information about degree details or admission requirements, please visit the department. 

About the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching in mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. Guided by the mission of Portland State University and by the principles of disciplinary excellence and cross-disciplinary engagement, we are particularly committed to building expertise and providing leadership in such areas as applied and computational mathematics and statistics and mathematics education.

Degree Details

Mathematics for Middle School Teachers Graduate Certificate: Why PSU?

Our graduate certificate program offers a supportive class environment that shows — not just tells — you how best to teach middle school math.

In your courses, through small group work and cooperative learning, you will practice problem-solving activities that promote exploration and experimentation. Our certificate program uses models, concrete materials, diagrams, and sketches that promote visual reasoning and makes it possible for you to develop multiple strategies or approaches to problems and learn how others think.

You'll be taught by faculty who are active researchers on topics such as mathematical knowledge for teaching, student learning in the middle grades, and elementary and middle school mathematics teacher education, and a part of the national mathematics education community. They bring their knowledge and experience working with Portland Public Schools and other area districts into your classes.

We also offer opportunities for you to connect with local middle schools to gain hands-on experience.

What can I do with a graduate certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers?

PSU's graduate certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers helps post-baccalaureate students meet the math program prerequisites they need to enter a Graduate Teacher Education Program.

Our courses and teaching methods are consistent with the mathematical reform recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America.

Through the certificate, you'll gain a deeper understanding of middle school math and become part of a community of middle school math teachers who collaborate to improve instruction.

Featured Courses

  • MTH 591 Experimental Probability and Statistics for Middle School Teachers
  • MTH 593 Geometry for Middle School Teachers
  • MTH 594 Arithmetic and Algebraic Structures for Middle School Teachers
  • MTH  595 Historical Topics in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers
  • MTH 596 Concepts of Calculus for Middle School Teachers
  • MTH 597 Teaching and Learning in the Middle School Mathematics Classroom


Successful completion of the certificate requires students to have a cumulative PSU graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (computed on all graduate credits taken at PSU) and a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 or higher (computed on all courses used for the graduate certificate).


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).