School of Education & Counseling

Mathematics Specialist Certificate  Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate

Broaden your teaching career as a mathematics specialist or mathematics coach with this graduate certificate. The Mathematics Specialist Certificate allows you to specialize in elementary/middle school or high school math.

12 Credits
Starts September 3, 2024


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Mathematics Specialist Certificate Program Overview

This program best suits current classroom teachers who wish to add mathematics as a new subject area to their professional skills. It’s also a great option for new teacher candidates entering the teaching profession who are non-mathematics majors and wish to earn a highly qualified title to their academic experience to broaden their teaching careers as mathematics specialists or mathematics coaches.

Designed to fit the schedules of working professionals, this post-baccalaureate certificate program is taught through a mix of online (asynchronous) and remote (Zoom) classes.

Mathematics Specialist Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Mathematics Specialist Certificate program will gain skills and training in areas such as:

  • The relationship between the study of arithmetic and algebra in grades K-8
  • Massachusetts Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
  • Using technology in K-12 mathematics classrooms
  • Methods to improve outcomes for students with disabilities

Advantages of Cambridge College's Mathematics Specialist Program

  • Experienced faculty: Learn from top mathematics and education professionals who are accomplished researchers and accessible teachers, dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.
  • Flexible courses: Our Certificate in Math program is designed so you can complete it even while working full-time. The program includes a mix of online (asynchronous) classes that you can take when you want each week and remote (Zoom) classes held on nights and weekends.
  • Convenient location: Attend in-person classes at our Boston campus which is a 5-minute walk from the Orange Line and offers free parking for students.
  • Diverse students: Cambridge College welcomes 300+ students from 50+ countries and was recently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in America, giving you the opportunity to work with other students from all over the world.
  • More value, less cost: Cambridge College is one of the most affordable private nonprofit colleges in the United States, giving you exceptional value for your education.

Mathematics Specialist Certificate Tuition Information

Cost Per Credit
Total Program Tuition
Cost Per Credit$639
Credits* 12 credits
Total Program Tuition $7,668

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Prospective graduate degree students for programs in the School of Education & Counseling must satisfy the following requirements plus any program-specific requirements your program may have.

  1. Complete and sign the online application.
  2. Pay the application fee. Pay your $50 ($100 for international students) application fee by the term start date.
  3. Send official transcripts. Maildirectly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts. Required degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities.
    • Master's and most graduate certificate programs require an earned bachelor's degree.
    • Post-master's certificates and CAGS require an earned master's degree.
    • International transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency. See all international student requirements
  4. Send your résumé and work experience. Send your resume that details your education and work experience, including how they pertain to your career goals. If your SEC program has a work experience requirement, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  5. Submit your personal statement. Write a 500-word, typed, double-spaced essay describing your professional experience, goals and objectives for graduate study. How do you expect your graduate studies to enhance your future career?
  6. Include two professional recommendations (not required for fully online programs). These should address your professional character and ability to perform graduate work. Download Applicant Recommendation Form
  7. Interview (required for some programs). If your program requires an interview, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  8. Satisfy Health Insurance & Immunization requirements. (Massachusetts only). These are required only for graduate students taking six or more credits per term in Massachusetts through on-campus or hybrid classes. Health insurance may be waived.

Teacher Licensure Program Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed above, our Teacher Licensure Programs have these additional requirements:

  1. Earned bachelor's degree with 3.0 or higher GPA.
  2. MA Educator Documentation from the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website. Keep copies of all documents submitted and, upon admission, post in your electronic portfolio:
    1. Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID (MEPID number)
    2. MTEL Communication & Literacy Test, successfully completed.

Required if completed:

  • Massachusetts preliminary license, if held
  • Sheltered English Instruction requirement
  • Fingerprinting and Criminal Offender Record Information

Applicants who do not initially meet all requirements (e.g. GPA of 3.0 or MTEL) for admission into their chosen licensure program must enroll in the corresponding non-licensure degree option. Students who achieve a 3.0 GPA upon completion of the first three SEC courses, pass the MTELs, and now meet all requirements, may request a change of program.

Disclosures: For all Licensure Programs

  • Licensure requirements are subject to change per Massachusetts regulations. All Cambridge College licensure programs are based on current regulations.
  • All candidates admitted for licensure programs must successfully complete the program in its entirety.
  • All requirements at the time of program completion must be finalized prior to seeking Massachusetts endorsement for licensure purposes.
  • If you have any licensure questions, please speak to your program chair.

Mathematics Specialist Certificate Careers and Salaries

The demand for elementary, middle and high school teachers remains consistent, ensuring a stable and secure career path in education. According to a November 2023 article by the U.S. Department of Education, there is a shortage of education professionals in specific areas, including mathematics.1

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salaries for teachers was $61,620 in elementary school,2 $61,810 for middle school,3 and $62,360 for high school,4 as of May 2022.

Salary averages are higher in Massachusetts which is one of the top five paying states for teachers.

  • Elementary school teachers: $82,6905
  • Middle school teachers: $85,4606
  • High school teachers: $82,9607


Mean annual salary for elementary school teachers in Massachusetts, May 20225


Mean annual salary for middle school teachers in Massachusetts, May 20226

1 U.S. Department of Education, Raise the Bar Policy Brief at (visited November 23, 2023).

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, (visited November 23, 2023).

3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Middle School Teachers, (visited November 23, 2023).

4 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, High School Teachers, (visited November 23, 2023).

5 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education, (visited November 23, 2023).

6 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education, (visited November 23, 2023).

7 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education, (visited November 23, 2023). 

Mathematics Specialist Jobs

Graduates of this program may go on to professional positions such as:

  • Math teacher (K-12)
  • Mathematics specialist
  • Mathematics coach