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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Middle School Mathematics (CMSM)

The CMSM is a certificate in middle-school mathematics.  This certificate is designed for school personnel seeking advanced study in mathematics content appropriate for teaching mathematics at the middle-school level.  Neither an undergraduate major or minor in mathematics is required for admission to this certificate program.  This MHEC-approved certificate is awarded upon completion of an approved program of study consisting of hands-on pedagogically innovative mathematics content courses.

Note: This certificate is not a teaching certificate.  The awarding of this CMSM certificate does not carry certification to teach.

The requirements for the CMSM are listed in the CMSM checklist.

Link to the checklist for the CMSM certificate.

Here are the steps to follow to be admitted to the certificate program:

  • Apply for admission to graduate study by submitting a completed Application for Graduate Program Admission, with the application fee, to the Office of Admissions.  On that application, under "INTENDED PLAN OF STUDY," be sure to check the box for Math -  Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Middle School Mathematics.  The application for admission  is available at

  • Have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions from EVERY college and university attended.

  • If you are seeking in-state tuition, submit a completed Residency/Domicile Information form to the Office of Admissions.  That form is also available on the Office of Admissions' web site.

  • When you have been admitted for graduate study, the Mathematics and Computer Science Department will send you a checklist for the CMSM certificate and you will be assigned an advisor who will help you plan your course of study.

  • You may contact the department regarding the CMSM at Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, Graduate Study, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801 or by at phone at  410-543-6140.

Upon approaching completion of the CMSM program, here are some steps to follow:

  • Students admitted and matriculated into a graduate program must complete at least one SU graduate course in each calendar year (including fall, winter, spring, and summer terms) to maintain their admitted status.  Students who fail to meet that requirement and wish to re-enter the graduate program must request to be reactivated through the Registrar's Office. 

  • Be aware that it is the responsibility of the individual graduate student to check with his/her faculty advisor to make sure that all certificate requirements have been fulfilled.

Link to a two-year schedule of anticipated offerings of graduate courses.

If you have questions regarding the CMSM program, please contact the Graduate Office of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at 410-543-6140.  You may also contact Dr. Jennifer Bergner, the MSME/CMSM Program Director, via e-mail at

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