Johns Hopkins University

School of Education

Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Instructional Leader (PreK-6)


2800 N Charles St

Baltimore, MD 21218

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Instructional Leader (PreK-6)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Mathematics Instructional Leader (PreK-6) certificate program at JHU was designed to prepare an exceptional cadre of mathematics teacher leaders to serve teachers of PreK-6 grade students and in direct and indirect ways their students. Instructional Leaders are specially trained to lead educational contexts to develop powerful mathematical learning contexts that support the development of beginning and veteran teachers of mathematics.

Participants in this certificate program will explore research-informed methods for effective mathematics teaching and effective leadership including policy, practice, emerging research, theory, culturally responsive education, and legislation/advocacy.

Critical Characteristics of Certifricate Courses

  • Alignment with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and the Standards for Mathematical Practices;
  • Alignment with multiple professional organization recommendations for the preparation of teachers of mathematics;
  • Emphasis on updated research-to-practice approaches;
  • Focus on equity, access, and excellence for each and every learner of mathematics, including such learners as students with disabilities and English learners;
  • Exploration of culturally-relevant pedagogical approaches including assets-based instructional practices;
  • Inclusion of problem-based, project-based approaches that meld mathematics content with pedagogy;
  • Exploration of technology-enhanced instructional contexts;
  • Mathematics exploration, inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking;
  • Instruction infused with STEM principles and perspectives;
  • Exploration of rich cross-disciplinary experiences that support a deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics;
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary foci that support instructional leaders who can support the development of learners who are capable of thinking across disciplinary boundaries

Endorsement Eligibility

This program is designed for current teachers seeking to enhance their professional qualifications through graduate study. This program does not lead to initial teacher certification. For more information on initial teacher certification programs, please visit our Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Science in Special Education program webpages.

Individuals who hold teaching certification in the state of Maryland and complete this certificate program will be eligible for Maryland teaching endorsement as a Mathematics Instructional Leader in grade levels PreK-6.

Individuals not residing and not certified to teach in Maryland are not eligible for the endorsement, and should enroll in one of two leadership recommended courses in place of the internship course.


Courses are delivered fully online in an asynchronous format that features small interactive groups, whole-class participation, and individual preparation. The expected timeframe for completion is between 12 and 24 months. This program incorporates active project-based learning, where you will develop and use skills in pedagogy, analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking.

This 18 credit, fully online certificate program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for those seeking the Mathematics Instructional Leader (PreK–6) endorsement. Pre-requisites are Bachelor’s degree in elementary education or a related field with certification in a elementary education. Refer to the Admissions page for program admissions requirements and application instructions.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 18

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 850 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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