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 Mathematics Learning and Teaching PK-12


Graduate Certificate

Advance your career to support pre-K through 12th grade students’ mathematics learning.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: Off campus Classroom: On campus Recommended completion time: 1 year Credits required for completion: 9 Application deadline: July 1, 2021

The Details

What you'll learn

Develop powerful math learning environments and curriculum to support your pre-K through 12th grade students. Adams 14 School District and University of Colorado Denver’s new graduate certificate in Mathematics Learning and Teaching is designed for general and special education teachers. It provides you with an opportunity to grow your knowledge of how people construct math knowledge from birth through high school.  

Each course is organized to include teachers at all Pre-K-12 school grade levels, including general and special education teachers. Each stand-alone course is worth 3 graduate-level semester credits and may be applied towards the certificate or a master’s degree in the School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver.   


MTED 5619 - Expanding Conceptions of Number (Fall 2021)

Educators’ learning will focus on quantities and operations in place-value number systems, how students understand such systems beginning at birth, and how teaching may promote students’ progress.

MTED 5620 - Developing Fractional & Proportional Reasoning (Spring 2022)

Educators’ learning will focus on quantities and operations involved with ratio, fraction, and proportion; and on how students understand ratio, fraction and proportion; and how teaching may promote students’ progress.         

MTED 5070 - Rehumanizing mathematics (Summer 2022)

Educators’ learning will focus on conceptions of society’s role in determining what counts as mathematics to be taught and learned. Increases abilities to address issues of privilege and oppression that impact students’ opportunities. 


Dr. Amber Gardner


On location at Adams 14 School District


$320 per credit*; $960 per course; $2880 per certificate (a significant savings over regular tuition) 

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

Please contact Beth Eagen at or call 303-315-5000 for application assistance or to learn more about this program.


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.