Postgraduate Certificate Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MAST) for Primary mathematics specialists

Start Date September 2016

If you are a qualified teacher who is enthusiastic about teaching mathematics and committed to developing the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become a mathematics specialist teacher, then this programme is for you. You may be a mathematics leader and want to develop subject knowledge and teaching expertise in others. Alternatively you may be a class teacher with a passion for teaching mathematics and wish to prepare yourself for a future position as a mathematics subject leader.

‘My key recommendation is the presence of a Mathematics Specialist in every primary school, who will champion this challenging subject’ (Williams 2008 p1)

You will gain a postgraduate certificate (60 Masters level credits) which can be transferred if you undertake further Masters study.

In module 1, you will explore the mathematics within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and primary National Curriculum, and into Key Stage 3. You will identify key mathematical ideas and processes in the curriculum and trace how these progress. The aim is that you develop deep understanding of primary mathematics.

Module 2 focuses on pedagogy. You will consider teaching approaches that promote children’s conceptual understanding of and fluency in primary mathematics. There will be an investigation of mastery of mathematics. You will evaluate a wide repertoire of teaching approaches critically, including those used in other countries.

In module 3, you will develop the knowledge and understanding needed to work with your colleagues. You will consider strategies to support other teachers’ and teaching assistants’ subject and teaching knowledge in primary mathematics. The module will also explore how to lead whole school initiatives and lead effective, collaborative professional development.

The programme is written to support you in developing your career as a teacher who can offer specialist knowledge and support others, in your school or across groups of schools.

After completing the Post Graduate Certificate you will have the option to transfer the credits and complete the MA in Education.

The fee for the Postgraduate Certificate for 2015-16 is £2,150.

If you are entitled to receive the 20% discount* the fee will be £1,720.

* 20% discount when you return to study here

The University is offering UK and EU alumni 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters degrees.

It doesn’t matter where or when you studied with us, as long as you completed your course you are eligible for the discount.

You will, of course, need to meet the course’s entry criteria, but from September 2015 you will be able to take advantage of the annual discount of 20%, so come back and enjoy your time with us all over again.

Information from Finance regarding payment for the course

All home and EU students have the opportunity to either pay their tuition fees in full at the start of the course, in three termly instalments or in eight monthly instalments.

International students may pay in full or termly at the same site.

You will be required to submit three assignments of 2000 words each. These assignments are designed to support you in developing mathematics in your own setting. For example, you will investigate progression from the early years across the primary phase in one area of mathematics which you wish to develop in your school. As part of this assignment, you will examine how to support progression in children’s learning of their mathematics. A second assignment will explore one approach to teaching mathematics such as the use of manipulatives or mathematical talk. The final assignment will support you in working with your colleagues to develop their teaching of mathematics. You will be offered tutorial support for all assignments. 

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  • 1 year

Entry requirements

  • You will normally need a degree or equivalent level qualification. However, we recognise that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements, yet may have other appropriate skills, knowledge and experience. In this case you may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate your ability to work at level 7.



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