Secondary Education Certification

Secondary Education Certification Master of Arts Teaching (M.A.T.) - Mathematics

About Mathematics 7-12 Teaching Certification

Meet the growing demand for mathematics educators.

Empower students with life-long problem solving skills and fill a need for mathematics instructors in Pennsylvania schools. Level I certification and a master's degree in mathematics education from California University of Pennsylvania prepares you to teach grades 7-12.

Whether you have a background in mathematics or hold a degree in another field, complete your certification and master's degree in five semesters - ­four semesters of courses and one semester of student teaching.

Our well-earned reputation for excellence serves you well. 

  • Cal U has over 160 years of experience producing top educators in Pennsylvania.
  • Cal U's teaching programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. We are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Cal U's relationship with local school districts provides top-quality student teaching opportunities and opens doors to rewarding careers.


Flexible Online Courses: Mathematics education graduate courses are held online, so students can continue their day jobs while earning their degree. Additionally, on-site fieldwork and a two-day, on-campus summer residency provide experiential learning.

Student Teacher Preparation: Cal U secondary education students excel as classroom leaders and stand out in the job market because they complete hours of field observations in assigned local classrooms before embarking on the full-time student teaching component of this program.

Top Accreditation: This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


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Program Benefits

Core pedagogy courses will give you mastery of the latest practices and theories in mathematics education, and discipline-specific classes when needed will expand your subject-area expertise. You'll also gain extensive hands-on experience through classroom observations and student teaching.

  • Study mathematics curriculum development techniques and how to use the Standards Aligned System (SAS).
  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.
  • Master classroom technology for teaching mathematics.
  • Deepen your knowledge of calculus, linear and abstract algebra, statistical analysis, geometry and other related topics.
  • Gain real-world teaching experience.
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Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of this program are prepared to teach secondary education mathematics at public or private schools. They also find jobs as mathematics program coordinators, evaluators and curriculum specialists. Our alumni have rewarding career in a school districts across the country.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

This professional graduate degree program is delivered online and during a two-day, on-campus residency. Our rigorous courses are constantly evolving to equip you with the latest theories and practices in the fields of mathematics and mathematics education. All students are required to have current school clearances to participate in field experience and sign up for courses.



Course Credits
Required Content Courses (a grade of C or better is required for certification)
MAT 199  Pre-Calculus 3
MAT 272  Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
MAT 290  Technology for Math 3
MAT 303  Geometry 3
MAT 304  History of Mathematics 3
MAT 305  Theory of Equations 3
MAT 341  Linear Algebra I 3
MAT 351  Abstract Algebra I 3
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
MAT 400  Mathematical Modeling 3
MAT 461  Statistical Analysis 3
MAT Elective 3
Cal U Required Courses
EDU 650  Supporting the English Language Learner 3
ESP 610  Sp. Ed. Foundations & Collaboration 3
ESP 613  Evidence-Based Practices for Sec Inclusion 3
ESP 701  Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
MSE 641  Orientation to 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 642  Standards-Based Instruction in 7-12 Ed 3
MSE 643  Content Area Literacy in 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 644  Instructional Strategies in 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 645  Technology in 7-12 Education* 3
MSE 646  Assessments and Interventions* 3
MSE 647  Classroom Management in 7-12 Ed. 3
MSE 652  Methods of Mathematics Teaching K-12* 3
MSE 661  Student Teaching & School Law** 9
Total Graduate Credits 45

* Two-day on-campus July residency will be integrated into the summer MSE courses.

** Must earn a recommendation for student teaching.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.80 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Graduate Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Program Requirements

  • Depending on the area of certification chosen, the department will provide guidance if any foundation undergraduate courses need to be completed before applying for student teaching
  • Clearances:  Students are responsible for updating clearances annually through the Office of Field Experience.  In addition, clearances must be on file before applying for student teaching  - Acts 24, 34, 114, and 151 

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 724-938-4187

Out of State Students:
All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.

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Experienced Faculty

Learn best practices in mathematics education from experienced professors. All core secondary education faculty have doctorate degrees and most have taught in public schools at the middle or high school level.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Mathematics

Crack the code of teaching mathematics to middle and high school students in this enlightening course that focuses on proven instruction techniques for general mathematics, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.

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Course Spotlight: Assessment in Mathematics Education

Gain insight into the design, implementation and analysis of assessment instruments used in mathematics education. Study results of mathematical standards according to recent research and identify trends.


Mathematics Certification Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Coordinator of Graduate Secondary Ed Programs and Associate Professor

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Dr. Joseph Zisk
Professor; director, Teaching and Learning Center

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Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.