Are you an educator looking to develop expertise in a specific content area?

Numerous certificates are available that are transferable to a degree program. Most certificates are 9-12 graduate-level credits and are open to educators with a bachelor's degree. Some certificates may only be available to teachers in particular districts or CU Denver master's students in certain degree programs as noted. Click on the certificate links below for s​pecific requirements.


Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching

Graduate Certificate

Fosters educators' success by enhancing their ability to engage students in math reasoning while increasing their own knowledge of mathematical content.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Fully Online Recommended completion time: 1 year Credits required for completion: 9 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

Educators lay an important foundation for mathematical knowledge when teaching K-12 students about math principles. Students successfully learn math concepts when teachers tailor curriculum to what students already know.

Many of today’s top career fields require mathematical skills. Students need teachers who are able to adapt teaching goals and activities based on students’ conceptions and experiences so that they will be able to solve complex problems and be ready for college and careers.

The University of Colorado Denver’s Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching certificate focuses on augmenting practicing teachers’ mathematical content knowledge for teaching. This certificate is designed for teachers of grades K-12, including mathematics teachers and special education teachers.

This certificate will prepare you to:

  • Increase your knowledge of number systems and ability to foster students’ understanding of number, quantity and operation.
  • Develop your understanding of algebra concepts and effective ways to increase students’ learning of equivalence, variable, covariation and function.
  • Expand your geometrical reasoning and your ability to promote students’ understanding of transformation, measurement, classification, objects, imagery, formulas and investigation.

Each course’s themes are designed around national and state standards, particularly the Colorado Common Core State Standards. In these engaging and informative courses, educators will explore and expand their own content knowledge while examining and increasing their understanding of how students develop such knowledge.


Faculty at CU Denver match your passion for mathematics education and improving K-12 student outcomes. You will interact with faculty who continually engage in mathematics education research and practice at the local, state, national and international levels. Through leading grants for the National Science Foundation, our faculty put research in to practice. Our faculty collaborate with district and state leaders to ensure you are prepared for the current challenges that schools and districts face.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career. We have a name that is recognized for preparing mathematics leaders of excellence who value diversity and inclusion. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

Admissions Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Read the instructions below:
    1. From the Admissions Dashboard click "Start New Application"
    2. Click the "Create Application" button
    3. Click the "Open Application" button
    4. Fill in your Personal Information before continuing on to the "Academic Interest" section
    5. Select the Certificate button
    6. Under the Non-Degree dropdown, select "Denver Non-Degree"
    7. Please choose a certificate under the Certificate drop down menu
    8. Select the Term you wish to enroll and then continue the rest of the application as instructed
  2. Start your application here

For more information, email or call 303-315-6300.


The certificate will appear on the student's transcript upon successful completion of the course unless the student is already enrolled in an SEHD degree program. If a student is currently enrolled in an SEHD degree program and is taking certificate courses, the certificate will appear on the student's transcript if no more than 3 credit hours are used to meet degree requirements. Our nationally and internationally recognized certificates are exceptions to this policy, this includes the certificate for Applied Behavior Analysis.

Students must have a grade of C or better in all classes applied toward their certificate and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher for the certificate to be transcribed. Particular district-related certificates require a grade of B or better for certificate transcription. In some cases, courses with a grade of C may not count toward a master's degree, depending on specific degree program requirements.