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Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics (Certificate) Online

The primary objective of the Certificate in Teaching Middle School Mathematics is to increase the mathematical knowledge and related pedagogical skills of New Jersey middle grade mathematics teachers. The current New Jersey mathematics standards are incorporated into the curriculum.

The program is designed for current or future middle grades mathematics teachers, including current teachers in related disciplines (e.g., science, business, computer science) as well as in other disciplines, who are teaching, preparing to teach, or are interested in teaching mathematics in the middle grades.

The program of study provides teachers with an understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie school mathematics while at the same time making connections to the mathematics they will teach. Teachers who successfully complete the sequence of five courses will be able to make connections across the mathematics curriculum and to other disciplines and be knowledgeable about the current New Jersey mathematics standards.  Their increased content knowledge and pedagogical skills will result in an observable, enhanced level of enthusiasm and comfort with mathematics, which will in turn foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematics in their students.

Please note that this certificate program does not provide state teacher certification. For information regarding our options for acquiring New Jersey teacher certification, please see our Teacher Education and Certification page.

Please also visit our ESMA program if you are a New Jersey certified teacher who would like to obtain an additional state certification to teach middle grades mathematics.

Students who successfully complete the program will have the option to apply for a Master’s in Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics and transfer these credits into this program. The MA degree is designed to further increase the mathematical knowledge and pedagogical skills of middle grades teachers and to prepare them to be teacher leaders in their buildings, districts and, for some, at the state and regional level.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

The Office of Graduate Admissions requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the international applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics (Certificate) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Statement of Purpose: Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: One.
  • Teacher Certification: Copy of New Jersey teacher’s certificate. (Optional)
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

The program is 15 credits (5 courses) and all of them are offered online. For more curriculum information, please visit the program listing in the course catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Email: graduate@montclair.edu
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics (Certificate) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Dr. Jonathan Cutler
Office: Richardson Hall 306
Email: cutlerjo@montclair.edu
Telephone: 973‑655‑7247