School of Education doctoral student Leah Rineck engaging with students who are working through math equations on the classroom chalkboard.

Deepen your mathematical knowledge for teaching and strengthen your use of research-informed, high-leverage teaching practices in a cohort-based program at one of the nation’s top research universities. The Mathematics Teacher Leadership program offers the opportunity to earn a master’s degree, graduate certificate, or both!

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus, Online

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Key Learning Outcomes

  • Focus on the teaching and learning of mathematics in diverse settings.
  • Use research to inform classroom and school practice.
  • Study student development, identity and learning in mathematics.
  • Strengthen professionalism and build your network.
  • Develop skills for coaching and leading instructional improvement in mathematics.
A student (black woman) standing in front of a chalkboard full of mathematical equations

This Program Is Designed For

  • Classroom teachers
  • Math interventionists
  • Instructional coaches
  • Specialists and other education professionals

Designed to Meet the Needs of Classroom Teachers

  • Classes meet one night per week (Wednesday nights) during the school year plus some Saturday mornings.
  • Summer 2023 courses each meet as a two-week institute.
  • Summer 2024 class sessions are spread across the summer with dates to be determined.

Program Features

  • Cohort model: Learn together with colleagues throughout the program.
  • Two years to degree: A cohesive sequence of courses linking research to practice.
  • Fee-based courses: Special tuition rate for the cohort courses.
  • Format: Online synchronous classes, with optional in-person opportunities.
  • Focus: PreK-8 mathematics teaching and learning, adjustments in course requirements can be made for high school teachers interested in the program.
  • Capstone: Implement an action research project in your school setting.
  • Nationally recognized faculty: Learn with leaders in the field.

Program Requirements

  • Programs can be stacked by applying credits to multiple programs.
  • Graduate certificate requires 15 credits (must include Currins 761).
  • Master’s degree requires 30 credits.
  • Individuals interested in a doctoral degree can use many of the courses toward the degree.

Cohort Program Sequence

Spring 2023

  • Teacher Leadership: Math Identity, Agency, & Learning (Currins 580)
  • Mathematics Focus: Algebraic Reasoning (Currins 626)

Summer 2023

  • Teacher Leadership: Justice, Equity, & Inclusion in Math Classrooms (Currins 716)
  • Mathematics Focus: Fraction Concepts & Operations (Currins 624)

Fall 2023

  • Teacher Leadership: High-Leverage Mathematics Instruction (Currins 714)
  • Mathematics Focus: Geometry & Measurement (Currins 625)

Spring 2024

  • Mathematics Focus: Early Number & Operations (Currins 730)
  • Action Research Part 1: Project Design & Implementation (Currins 705)

Summer 2024

  • Teacher Leadership: Instructional Coaching (Currins 761)
  • Action Research Part 2: Data Analysis & Findings (Currins 800)

Admission Criteria

Graduate Certificate

Complete the UWM Graduate School Online Application. You will be applying to the Certificate in Mathematics Teacher Leadership.

Master’s Degree

Complete the UWM Graduate School Online Application. You will be applying to the Curriculum and Instruction MS degree program in the School of Education. Within the application, select the concentration area in Mathematics Teacher Leadership. Visit the Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree webpage for more information.

Graduate School Open House

Consider attending the Graduate School open house to have your UWM application fee waived. The Open House is traditionally held during the Fall semester. For more information, visit the Graduate School Open House webpage.

Dr. Pamela Harris
Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Melissa Hedges

Dr. DeAnn Huinker
Professor, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Henry Kepner
Professor Emeritus, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Anne Marie Marshall
Lecturer, Teaching and Learning