Program Overview

Portland State University offers a Deepening Mathematical Understanding for Elementary Teachers Certificate of Completion that is well suited for individuals who wish to enhance the learning of their students in the subject of mathematics. Students enrolled in this program will gain in-depth knowledge on student thinking, instructional decision making, developing mathematical ideas, case-based professional development curriculum, mathematics, research, instructional approaches, and much more. Graduates who earn this certificate often work as elementary school teachers, teacher leaders, or coaches.

The Deepening Mathematical Understanding for Elementary Teachers Certificate of Completion Program includes courses that will assist with the success of graduates who are teaching mathematics to students. Courses within the curriculum include Making Meaning for Operations, Patterns Functions & Change, Working with Data, Mathematics Leadership, Measuring Space in One Two & Three Dimensions, and Examining Features of Shape. The courses are expertly crafted to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable, competent, and professional while teaching mathematics.

All courses are available online. This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Portland State University is a public state university located in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1946, PSU began as the Vanport Extension Center as a way to meet the needs of higher education for those returning from World War II. Over the years, with its constantly expanding degree programs, PSU is the largest and fastest growing school in the Oregon University System.

    PSU offers students several degree levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral, from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of the Arts
    • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • College of Urban and Public Affairs
    • School of Business Administration
    • Graduate School of Education
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Social Work
    • University Honors College

    Many of the certificates and degrees at the bachelor's and the master's level are available completely online. 


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