Professional Certificate in Teaching Mathematics (Out-of-Field Teachers)

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The Professional Certificate in Teaching Mathematics (Out-of-Field Teachers) is a postgraduate micro-credential that supports teachers teaching mathematics outside their infield teaching area/s.

This micro-credential aims to empower teachers to become more effective in their out-of-field mathematics teaching by enhancing their skills and confidence in teaching mathematics, increasing the likelihood of improved student learning outcomes.

It provides teachers with practical, work-based learning opportunities, with almost half of the learning hours occurring in their classrooms. The assessments are integrated into real-life classroom practice, leveraging teachers’ expertise and experience, including those from their in-field teaching areas. Additionally, the course recognises the importance of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, in ensuring meaningful integration of cultural perspectives into mathematics teaching.

A distinguishing feature of this certificate is that it is being delivered in partnership with the Mathematical Association of NSW (MANSW), Australia’s largest professional association for mathematics teachers. This partnership provides teachers enrolled in the certificate numerous opportunities to connect with experienced maths educators who can serve as mentors and access valuable educational resources.

While the program mainly focuses on teaching mathematics using the Years 7 to 10 curriculum, the knowledge, skills, and approaches learned apply to teaching mathematics to students of all grade levels. Therefore, this program is open to teachers of all grade levels, including primary school educators.

On successful completion, participants receive a Statement of Attainment, a microcredential digital badge and two units of credit into the Graduate Certificate of Education (Professional Learning).

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“The innovative and intensive course will not only upskill future maths teachers, we aim to shake-up the profession by improving how mathematics is taught.”

Course snapshot

Start Date and Duration

March 2024, 12 weeks



Indicative Cost

$1,111 AUD

Government funded. Fee Help available.

Course Code


Applicants must be Australian residents and currently employed as a registered teacher in a Primary or Secondary classroom setting in any Australian educational jurisdiction. A letter of employment and evidence of teacher registration are to be submitted.

Teaching method

  • Tutorial: 2 hours (fortnightly)
  • Workplace learning: 8 hours (weekly – approximate)
  • Self-access study: 6 hours (weekly – approximate)
  • Engagement with a mentor: 1 hour (weekly – approximate)


  • Assessment 1: Two sequential lesson plans and reflection
  • Assessment 2: Portfolio, including reflection
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Attainment and a digital microcredential badge upon completion.

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics teaching content and strategies, including ICTs, to develop engaging teaching activities for the Australian Curriculum’s Years 7 to 10 mathematics learning area.
  • Develop mathematics teaching content into coherent, well-sequenced, and engaging learning and teaching programs informed by contemporary evidence-based mathematics education pedagogies, reflection and feedback on teaching practices.
  • Design and implement learning and teaching programs using knowledge of mathematics curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements to respond to students with diverse needs and cultural backgrounds, including Indigenous education and pedagogies.
  • Critically analyse and reflect on the cognate and non-cognate knowledge and understanding used to develop effective teaching strategies to support students’ numeracy and mathematical achievement.

Course Structure

Unit content

Module Description
Module 1: 

The Australian Curriculum Mathematics Years 7 to 10, foundations for engaging mathematics teaching and learning, and mathematics teacher identity.

Module 2: 

Learning Design for the Mathematics Classroom I and Community Building and Networking I

Module 3: 

Learning Design for the Mathematics Classroom II and Community Building and Networking II

Module 4: 

Assessing students’ mathematical Learning Needs and evidence-based mathematics pedagogy: Research to practice

Module 5:

Supporting students with diverse needs and attributes, and attitudes and mindsets for mathematics teaching

Module 6:

Collaborating, community building and networking III, and where to next? Your emerging identity as a mathematics teacher.

Ready to apply?

When applying, use the course code (9501001) to select the Professional Certificate in Teaching Mathematics (Out-of-Field Teachers).

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Southern Cross University, in partnership with the Mathematical Association of New South Wales (MANSW), has developed and is delivering this professional certificate with financial assistance from the Commonwealth Government Department of Education as part of the Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education grants program.


Domestic students

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, New Zealand citizen, or Australian humanitarian visa holder. Your course will either be a Commonwealth Supported Place or a full fee-paying place. This is noted in the course snapshot.

Commonwealth Supported Places:

In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest as the Student Contribution Amount (SCA).

SCA is calculated per unit, not per course. Eligible students can defer the SCA through a HECS-HELP loan.

Full Fee-Paying Places:

A full fee-paying place is where you pay the full (unsubsidised) tuition fee for your course. Eligible students can defer the payment of their tuition fees through the FEE-HELP scheme (including employer-reserved places for The Hotel School courses).