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 PennWest California 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. 

  • PennWest California has over 160 years of experience producing top educators in Pennsylvania.
  • PennWest California'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.

Students that need additional coursework to fulfill the Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements may need to take on-campus courses.

Student Teacher Preparation: PennWest California 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  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. 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 Courses
MSE 641  Orientation to 7-12 Education 3
MSE 642  Standards-Based Instruction in 7-12 Education 3
MSE 643  Content Area Literacy 3
MSE 644  Instructional Strategies in 7-12 3
MSE 645  Technology Integration in 7-12 Education 3
MSE 646  Assessments and Interventions 3
MSE 647  Classroom Management in 7-12 Education 3
MSE 652  Methods of Mathematics Teaching 7-12 3
MSE 661  Student Teaching 9
Total Credits 33

Undergraduate Content Course Requirements

Certification requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education include appropriate certification testing. A minimum of 30 credits of content area coursework is required. These courses may be taken at the undergraduate level. Students must demonstrate college coursework with a grade of C or higher in:

  • College algebra
  • Trigonometry or pre-calculus
  • Calculus 1
  • Calculus 2
  • Calculus 3
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Computer science or technology for math
  • History of mathematics or mathematics in society
  • Discrete math
  • Math modeling
  • Linear algebra
  • Abstract algebra

Note: Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements are subject to change.

Chapter 49-2

Chapter 49-2 requirements (12 credits) mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education must be met in order to receive certification. Courses may be satisfied with previously taken undergraduate or graduate courses, subject to approval of the program coordinator. Undergraduate 49-2 courses cannot be accepted for the graduate special education add-on certification program for students who later complete that program. If not already completed, the following courses are needed in addition to the requirements above:

  • ESP 610  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration
  • ESP 701  Introduction to Behavior Analysis
  • ESP 613  Evidence-based Practices in Secondary Inclusion
  • EDU 650  Supporting the English Language Learner

Student Teaching

Applications for spring student teaching are due October 1. Applications for fall student teaching are due April 1.

Student teaching requirements include:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher for all courses, including undergraduate content course requirements
  • A grade of C or higher for all required courses
  • Completion of all required courses prior to student teaching
  • Required clearances
  • No incomplete (I) grades
  • Passing of required Praxis tests
  • TB tests
  • Liability insurance
  • Education requirements, such as seminars and portfolios

Program Notes

  • The summer courses require a two-day residency in July.
  • Clearances are required at all times throughout the program and must be updated every July.
  • LiveText Watermark software is required for this program. 



Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • 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

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
PennWest California
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.


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