CAGS in Mathematics Education

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is available for experienced teachers who already hold a teaching license and a master’s degree and wish to further broaden their knowledge of mathematics education. Students select from a variety of course offerings in mathematics education that are based on current research and “best practices” pedagogies. Courses that assist students in becoming leaders, conducting research in classrooms, and developing curriculum are available. Students may also select to take more mathematics in order to deepen and extend their content knowledge. The program is tailored to meet students’ needs and will vary depending upon each individual’s background. This certificate program can be used to satisfy professional licensure requirements.


Core Coursework (16 cr)

  • SED ME 558 Mathematics Curriculum: Programs, Issues, and Trends (4 cr)
  • SED ME 589 Designing Professional Development Programs in Mathematics Education (4 cr)
  • One of the following:
    • SED ME 701 Learning Theory and Epistemology in Mathematics Education (4 cr)
    • SED ME 702 Advanced Study of Mathematics Teaching and Teacher Education (4 cr)
    • SED ME 703 Curriculum Research and Theory in Mathematics Education (4 cr)
    • SED ME 851 Seminar: Mathematics Education (4 cr)
  • One research course (4 cr)

Elective Coursework (16 cr)

Students select relevant elective courses for a total of 16 credits in consultation with their academic advisor. For students pursuing a professional licensure, three mathematics and/or mathematics education mathematics courses (12 credits) appropriate to the level taught are required. A sampling of coursework is listed below.

  • SED ME 525 Assessment in Mathematics (2 cr)
  • SED ME 530 Equitable Pedagogies in STEM Education (2 cr)
  • SED ME 559 Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry (4 cr)
  • SED ME 563 Problem Solving in Mathematics (4 cr)
  • SED ME 565 Mathematics for Teaching: Calculus (4 cr)
  • SED RS 699 Research Apprenticeship (in Mathematics Education) (2–4 cr)

Additional Requirements

Comprehensive Examination

CAGS candidates must file a formal application for a comprehensive examination with their faculty advisors. The examination must be completed successfully.