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Fulfill your full potential as a math teacher.

Do you have a passion for math? Have you ever wanted to pass your knowledge of the subject down to students? Are you looking to change careers and become an inspiring instructor? If so, the Educator Licensure - Math program may be for you.


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The Educator Licensure-Math program is nationally recognized and proves your proficiency in effective teaching, leadership, and knowledge of best-practices in the classroom. Through a combination of 100% online coursework and a part-time internship, future educators are able to apply what they’re learning in real time.

If you're thinking about entering the education field, CSU-Global's Educator Licensure-Math gives you the skills and experience necessary to become an effective teacher in math.

As one of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), math teachers are in high demand. This is your chance to use your real-world experience to promote growth and demonstrate leadership in your field. As a teacher, you will inspire students to challenge themselves and prepare them to advance within their industry.

This program is aligned with the following organizations to provide outcomes that are fundamental in today's complex schools:

  • InTASC Model Core National Teaching Standards.
  • The Performance-Based Standards for Colorado Teachers.
  • The Colorado Educator Effectiveness Teacher Quality Standards.
  • The Colorado 8.0 Content Standards.

This state-approved, online educator- licensure program consists of eight courses for a total of 24 credit hours. This program is also offered as a specialization within the Master of Science in Teaching and Learning.

Due to state authorizations, this program may not be available in all states, see the State Specific Authorization Policy regarding internships and practica.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in completing the educator licensure-math program must complete additional provisions. The following documents must be submitted through the Student Portal no later than 14 days prior to start of the term the student intends to enroll in OTL501:

  • Official documentation with at least a passing score of 152 on the Praxis II Mathematics (#5161) exam. Visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/content_tests for more information.
  • A vision statement defining view of "effective teachers.”
  • Evidence of interest in teaching, either through direct experience or expressed commitment.
  • A resume that includes all collegiate work, professional employment, teaching skills, teaching or training experience, special skills, publications, exhibitions, awards, and service activities.
  • A reference letter indicating that the candidate has the skills and disposition to be an effective teacher.
  • Other requirements: fingerprints and a, bachelor’s degree with minimum GPA of 3.0.

Career Outlook

According to the Teacher Preparation Shortage Areas of 2014-15, math and science teachers are particularly in demand in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida (only Biology), Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming (only Science).

This far-reaching need means this program could give you the credentials to stand out. Earning your licensure from a respected, recognized, and regionally accredited university, like CSU-Global, is exactly the way to make sure your resume gets noticed.

The Educator Licensure-Math will prepare you for employment as a math teacher, proving to employers that you’re both committed to the field, and have the skills necessary to reach desired outcomes.

Your student teaching or internship experience will also give you hands-on exposure to real-world situations where you can implement what you’re learning in our 100% online courses.


The Educator Licensure-Math consists of eight courses, totaling 24 credits.

To meet the state requirement of 800 hours of classroom experience, students must serve as a student teacher or intern in a school for at least 17 hours per week, for no more than 12 months, while concurrently enrolled in the first seven courses.

The assignments in the educator licensure program will be performance-based and require that the candidates implement what they are learning in the coursework of a K-12 school setting. They should work under the guidance of a school mentor (a licensed science or mathematics teacher), a CSU-Global faculty member, and an internship coordinator.

For students to complete their coursework, they will register in OTL595 – Student Teaching during the final term.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
  • Establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
  • Plan and deliver effective instruction and assessment.
  • Reflect on their practice and take responsibility for student academic growth.
  • Demonstrate leadership in their schools.


The Graduate Educator Licensure-Math consists of eight courses, totaling 24 credits:

  • OTL501: Educator Effectiveness

    Examine the goals and objectives for integrating math and literacy into content area instruction, making instruction and content relevant to students, fostering safe and nurturing learning environments for students, engaging students in personalized learning, integrating technology into instruction to maximize student learning, advocating for partnerships to support students and families, and demonstrating high ethical standards and leadership capacity.

  • OTL590: Student Teaching I

    This course serves as an applications-based opportunity for students to engage in school settings. During this course the student will secure their 7-12 school placement and mentor. They will work with their mentor to become acquainted with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for the application of complex components of quality teaching. This course is a replacement course for OTL595 as of the 2017-2018 Fall trimester. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses.

  • OTL502: Learning Theories and Models of Instruction

    This course provides students with an introduction to learning theories. A variety of theoretical constructs are studied to address diverse learning styles and conceptual frameworks for engaging learners. Students will explore theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and cognitive development. By examining a range of principles, perspectives and tools, students will gain an understanding of learning and teaching in a variety of contexts. Students will use problem solving, application, and evaluation skills to analyze the theories and practices of educational organizations.

  • OTL516: Effective Mathematics Instruction

    The math educator will demonstrate their ability to articulate to students, and effectively instruct them in problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, connections, strategic competence, conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and productive disposition.

  • OTL539: Theory and Practice in Backward Design

    Introduction to instructional system design theories and models used in Pre-K-12 learning environments and nontraditional settings with a focus on backward design. This course is a replacement course for OTL540k as of the 2017-2018 Fall term. Students cannot receive credit for both these courses.

  • OTL547: Evaluation and Assessment

    Examination of methods and techniques for evaluation and assessment of learning in Pre-K-12 settings with a focus on instructional improvement and student achievement. Students who take OTL541K will not be able to apply this credit towards any program requiring OTL547. Students in the Masters of Science in Teaching and Learning program prior to the 2017-2018 Fall trimester take OTL541k.

  • OTL565: Cultural Responsiveness in the Differentiated Classroom

    An examination of the theories and concepts that define cultural responsiveness with an emphasis on the theory and methods for creating multiple pathways of learning to accommodate students with varying backgrounds of knowledge, readiness, language, interest, and learning styles.

  • OTL591: Student Teaching II

    This course serves as an applications-based opportunity for students to engage in school settings. Educators become acquainted with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for the application of complex components of quality teaching. Students will be provided with resources and feedback to support them in applying for a teaching license and teaching jobs. This course is a replacement course for OTL595 as of the 2017-2018 Fall trimester. Students cannot receive credit for both of these courses.

**OTL501 and OTL590 must be taken as corequisites.

***OTL565 and OTL591 may be taken as corequisites.

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As a 100% online university, CSU-Global is able to offer you an affordable tuition rate that won’t increase as long as you’re in good academic standing. Our Tuition Guarantee ensures that your rates won’t rise from your first class thru your last. Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar colleges, CSU-Global students don’t pay any student fees or out-of-state premiums.

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Flexible to Fit Your Schedule

CSU-Global was created for modern learners who might already be working full-time. Our 100% online courses allow you the convenience of choosing when and where you learn. Anytime you have access to the internet, you’re already on campus. No set class times or locations, monthly starts, and accelerated 8-week courses let you earn your certificate without putting life on hold.

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Learn more about the Educator Licensure program.

For financial assistance, see if you qualify for Colorado Center for Rural Education scholarships or stipends by visiting http://www.unco.edu/colorado-center-for-rural-education/scholarships-and-stipends.aspx.


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