PgCert Education

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

The Mathematics Specialist Teacher programme (MaST) is a professional development programme for primary school teachers.

The programme would benefit teachers with a keen interest in developing their own practice as well as supporting colleagues to do the same.

By looking at the bigger picture in mathematics, through the big ideas that span and connect the mathematics curriculum, teachers will develop deeper insight and increase their capacity for seeing and making connections.

Why choose this course?

This is a significant opportunity for professional development which will place the participant at the cutting edge of teaching and learning in mathematics.

The course is delivered jointly by the University of Hertfordshire and mathematics advisers from Herts for Learning.

This is a part-time, 2 year programme.

This programme aims to support teachers to:

  • Understand how and why we teach fluency alongside conceptual understanding
  • Analyse popular initiatives such as ‘Singapore maths’ and ‘developing mastery’
  • Develop pedagogy which allows pupils to become confident, flexible problem-solvers

The programme aims to support schools to:

  • Build capacity across the school to deliver highly effective mathematics teaching
  • Develop teaching practice that secures learning and can ‘close the gap’ in attainment

What will I study?

There are 30 hours per year of face-to-face support delivered outside of school time, complemented by students completing directed tasks and assignments which will include reading, mathematical activities and classroom research.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Specialist Maths: algebra and geometry 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    Postgraduate Certificate in Education Download
    Postgraduate Certificate in Education Download
    Programme specifications
    Maths Specialist Teacher (MAST) - Postgraduate Certificate in Education Download
    Maths Specialist Teacher (MAST) - Postgraduate Certificate in Education Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    No

    Student experience

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