Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.): Mathematics Content Specialist (Elementary)


Donna Christy
Associate Professor
Gaige Hall 367
(401) 456-8038
(401) 456-1937

The Mathematics Content Specialist: Elementary certificate includes a series of content courses designed to facilitate the professional improvement of teachers of math in elementary schools.

Program objectives

  • Strengthen classroom teachers' understanding of the mathematical content they are required to teach.
  • Increase the classroom teachers' knowledge of the mathematics within the Rhode Island Grade Level Expectations in Mathematics.
  • Develop more effective mathematical teaching practices that allow all students to achieve high standards on state and national mathematics examinations.
  • Investigate current research on how students learn mathematics and translate this knowledge into appropriate pedagogy.

Target population: Candidates for the program would be current elementary teachers with at least two years of teaching experience or hold a valid teaching certificate at the elementary level and have two years of teaching experience.

Certificate requirements: Completion of the following five 3 credit hour courses is required:

Course No. Course Title Credits
MTET 511Delving Deeper: Number and Operations3
MTET 512Delving Deeper: Functions and Algebra3
MTET 513Delving Deeper: Geometry and Measurement3
MTET 514Delving Deeper: Data Analysis and Statistics3
MTET 515Delving Deeper: Problem Analysis3

Total Credit Hours


Admission requirements: Candidates must hold a valid state issued certificate for teaching at the elementary level and two years of teaching experience.

Retention Standards: Candidates must receive a grade of "B-" or better in four of the five courses with no grade lower than a "C."

Scheduling information: Scheduling information can be obtained from the office of the chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Candidates may expect to complete the certificate program in as little as fifteen months. Fees, registration and payment will follow the ordinary and usual schedule for graduate level courses and certificates.

Page last updated: February 10, 2015