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Math teachers go beyond teaching the basics of counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing to instilling a love of math and its usefulness into students.

This 38-credit Curriculum and Instruction undergraduate certificate is available only to students pursuing a BA or BS in Mathematics. Students who complete both the BA or BS in Mathematics and this undergraduate certificate will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Mathematics.

Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must complete the Undergraduate Declaration of Certificate and the Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program application. At the time of application, students must also have satisfied the following requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment; and an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework (note: a minimum grade of C (2.0) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason). See for more information on the admissions process.

Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements (, pass licensure assessments, and have earned a grade of B (3.0) or better in all licensure coursework.

Certificate Requirements

Additional Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Mathematics Coursework (15 credits)

Abstract Algebra


Choose one course from the following:

Discrete Mathematics

Choose one course from the following:

Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry

Probability or Statistics

Choose one course from the following:


All other discipline-specific content competencies coursework should be satisfied with the core requirements of the major, with the exception of Discrete Math for the BS degree.

Teacher Licensure Coursework (23 Credits)

Total: 38 credits