Graduate Certificate of Completion Mathematics

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Mathematics

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Benefits of a Graduate Level Mathematics Certificate

Grand Canyon University’s Graduate Certificate of Completion in Mathematics prepares students with a passion for mathematics for career advancement in education at the postsecondary level. Graduate students will deepen their knowledge and build upon their skills to teach undergraduate math courses at a two-year or four-year institution. Through continuing education, mathematics educators can elevate their career by transitioning into undergraduate learning environments. Math educators also play an important role in providing STEM education and prepping students for a future career in these critical areas.

This unique program offers a pathway toward obtaining advanced training in the fields of mathematics and education, while meeting the requirements for ongoing professional development. Graduates of this program will be able to fulfill the graduate course requirements necessary for opportunities in teaching at the postsecondary level. Teachers seeking the 18 credits needed to pursue a career in education with a mathematics specialty will benefit from earning this certificate.

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics at GCU

This evening cohort program is offered one night a week on GCU’s campus. Students will benefit from learning as part of traditional classroom where they can collaborate with peers and receive face-to-face individualized attention from instructors. Since classes only meet once a week, working professionals will be able to continue working full-time and maintain work-life-school balance. Evening cohort students have access to a wide range of student support resources, as well as the opportunity to become a part of the unique GCU campus community.

Learn Theories and Practical Application

This graduate certificate in mathematics program mirrors GCU’s Master of Science in Mathematics with an Emphasis in Education. Curriculum focuses on theory and practical application, as well as mathematics content balanced with pedagogy and classroom techniques. Students will explore the following:

  • Graduate Studies: Prepare for graduate learning experiences and learn how to utilize tools for success in mathematics while engaging in math concepts
  • Graduate Algebra: Focus on algebraic structures, matrices, linear transformations and their numeric applications
  • History of Mathematical Thought: Learn about the evolution of mathematics throughout history as it represents and provides an understanding of the world around us
  • Discrete Math: Data Analysis: Survey evidence-based analysis and gain an understanding of statistical descriptors and theoretical framework development
  • Mathematical Modeling: Examine mathematical modeling, applications and computational methods
  • Applied Nonlinear Dynamics: Follow an overview of ordinary differential equations, geometric representation of ODE solutions, autonomous systems, flows on the line, linear systems and other concepts

The goal of the program is to position students at the intersection of advanced mathematical knowledge and effective teaching practices, so they can successfully lead classrooms and create positive student outcomes.

Advance Your Career With a Mathematics Graduate Certificate

Equipped with a mathematics graduate certificate, students can elevate their career by moving into a postsecondary role in education teaching math at the collegiate level. Graduates will have more in-depth knowledge of mathematical concepts and theories, which provides the foundation to teach at colleges and universities, trade, technical and vocational schools, as well as educational research and publishing companies.

If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.

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Total Credits: 22
The University will accept one course of the total certificate requirements in transfer.

Course List

20 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
22 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course prepares students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. It provides students with opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success in mathematics. Mathematics concepts, such as logic, mathematical notation and definitions, methods of proof, and mathematics software, are covered.

Course Description

This course covers essential topics in algebra to prepare learners in their profession and to succeed in fulfilling future programmatic requirements. Topics include: algebraic structures, matrices, linear transformations, and their numerical applications.

Course Description

The student is asked to use techniques of mathematical proof to trace the development of important foundations of thought and advances in mathematical thinking. This course follows the evolution of mathematics through history in its attempt to represent and understand the world around us. Topics covered include induction, logic, discrete analysis, calculus, and linear programming. Emphasis is placed on how a mathematical topic originated within its historical context and the theory used to support it. Prerequisite: MAT-513.

Course Description

This course looks at evidence-based data analysis from a discrete mathematics perspective. Emphasis is placed on fundamental understanding of statistical descriptors. The theoretical framework is developed through applications in cognition and instruction. Prerequisite: MAT-513.

Course Description

The student is introduced to the techniques and examination of graduate-level mathematical modeling, including formulation, application, and analysis of a mathematical model. Topics covered include differential equations, computational methods, regression, and stochastic models. Emphasis is placed on applications and computational methods. Prerequisite: MAT-513.

Course Description

This course provides a brief overview of ordinary differential equations, geometric representation of ODE solutions, autonomous systems, flows on the line, linear systems and phase portraits, nonlinear systems, local and global behavior, linearization, stability, and bifurcations. Applications include models extracted from population biology, ecology, and neurophysiology. Prerequisites: MAT-513 and MAT-550.

Program Locations

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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