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 In partnership with NYCDOE, CUNY is pleased to provide all elementary and middle school teachers with an opportunity to earn a tuition-free 15 credit micro-credential in mathematics content and pedagogy. It will provide graduate coursework focusing on strong instructional practice and the content that is critical to student success in Algebra I and beyond.


Five Course Sequence:

Applicants are asked to commit to the full course sequence 


Course 1: SEYS 767.3    Developing Algebraic Thinking in the Middle Grades (5-9)

Developing algebraic thinking is more than simply practicing how to “solve for x.” It involves recognizing patterns, modeling relationships between and among quantities, comparing and analyzing quantitative relationships, variables and functions, and nontraditional, non-routine problem solving. This course will build on these ideas and provide suggestions and methods for developing algebraic thinking in the middle grades.


Course 2:  SEYS 767.3    Mathematical Initiatives and Methods in the Middle Grades (5-9)

This course will help introduce and familiarize students with a variety of methods for planning, instruction, discourse, assessment and reflection of mathematics in the middle grades (5 – 9). Students will discuss and implement strategies to help teachers create, facilitate and assess mathematical ideas for all learners. Course activities will provide a basis for the development of competent math teachers, including familiarity with relevant research, sources of information, and instructional assistance. Student will be given opportunities to practice each idea in action.


Course 3:  SEYS 767.3. Mathematical Foundations of the Secondary School Curriculum

Designed to give prospective secondary school mathematics teachers an understanding of the mathematics they will be teaching as well as the history of mathematics. An examination will be made of the thought underlying the secondary curriculum, from a consideration of the nature of mathematics and mathematical thought to the construction of simple mathematical models drawn from secondary school topics. Common student misconceptions will be addressed. 


Course 4: SEYS 767.3       Mathematics in the Junior High or Middle School

The focus of the course is on the improvement of instruction through the examination of the     most current issues concerning mathematics instruction in the middle school and the latest curriculum, instructional strategies, manipulatives, and technologies that can be used to enhance the learning of mathematics for all junior high and middle school students.


Course 5: SEYS 767.3     Research Seminar in Mathematics Education   

As a discipline, mathematics education is a very young science. It evolved from the work of psychologists, mathematicians, and educators who, during the early part of the 20th century, formulated hypotheses to be examined and studied in the context of the mathematics classroom. This course will examine two main questions: how does research influence classroom practice, and how does practice influence research? Answers to these questions will help you to become a critical consumer of mathematics education research, and to explore connections between research and practice. 


For continuing Algebra for All participants, Course 2 will be offered on Wednesdays at 4:35, and Course 4 will be offered on Mondays at 5pm during the fall 2020 semester.

For new participants in the online Algebra for all fully online program, Course 1 will be offered synchronously on Wednesdays at 4:35pm during the fall 2020 semester. 


Classes Begin August 26, 2020

Applications procedure for new fully online program beginning fall 2020

Fall 2020 Application Deadline is Aug. 1, 2020​

How to Apply:

•    Create an account:  Follow this link to the application and create an account:

•    Select Non-Degree fall 2020

•    Select Adolescent Education: Math-Post Bacc Adv. Cert.

•    You are not required to pay the application fee. Please follow the prompt and check the required acknowledgement box, but you will not be required to pay any application fee. 

•    There are two REQUIRED supplemental documents: 

(1)Transcripts and 

(2) A cover letter indicating your interest in the Algebra for All fully-online microcredential program at Queens College. 

Both documents must be emailed to 

•    At the end of this process, it is necessary to click the “Submit Application” link at the bottom right-hand side of the page.
Step 1: Confirmation; Step 2 (Final Step): Signature and click the "Submit Application" button. A confirmation message will appear.

Please note your application will not be processed unless you email both the cover letter and transcripts to  Missing items will cause unnecessary delays in the processing of your application. Thank you!


 Office Information


Chair: Eleanor Armour-Thomas 
Dept. Office: Powdermaker 150 
Phone: 718-997-5150
Fax: 718-997-5152​

for more information about the fall 2020 online courses. 

Once you have applied and have been accepted into the program, please contact to register.

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