Math – Deepening Conceptual Understanding

Create instruction centered around building conceptual understanding of mathematics by exploring the importance of language, contextual relationships, multiple perspectives, and making connections between ideas.

Course Description

In this course, you will explore the world of math as a language through definitions, symbols, visual representations, and interconnections between different mathematical concepts. You will investigate and build upon your own experience with learning math at a deeper and more meaningful level. You will focus on answering the why of math (e.g., why do we perform operations and use algorithms the way we do?) What are the relationships between mathematical concepts and the world we live in? 

You will work on building a deeper understanding of some specific mathematical concepts in number sense, including arithmetic operations, fractions, and proportions. You will then have the opportunity to extend this approach to building a deeper understanding of other areas of math, integrating the strategies you have learned into your daily practice.

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Approximately 45 hours

Up to 6 months to complete coursework

Estimated Tuition


Ways to Learn



3 PDUs

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Dedicated mentor    |    Interactive assignments

Real-world case studies   |   Authentic assessments    |    Earn graduate level professional development credits

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Articulate the challenges in student understanding of mathematical concepts and possible gaps in teacher understanding
  • Describe the connections between language and math and the implications for math instruction
  • Make connections between mathematical concepts and the language, symbolism, visual representations and contextualized applications that are used in instruction
  • Explain the meaning behind common mathematical concepts taught in K-6 classrooms from multiple perspectives
  • Build integrated approaches that incorporate history of mathematical concepts, storytelling, and organic problem solving into math instruction to deepen conceptual understanding

Course Topics:

  • Math Education Today
  • The Importance of Language
  • Connections, Symbolism, and Visual Representation
  • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication,
    and Division 
  • Fractions
  • Averages, Order of Operations,
    Proportions, and Area Building Better Connections
  • Integrated Approaches
  • Synthesis             

Who Should Enroll?

  • PreK-6 teachers
  • Teacher candidates
  • School administrators
  • Para-educators    

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.


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What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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