Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education
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You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths teacher. This professional development diploma course equips you with the subject knowledge and teaching techniques required to teach all key stages. It’s also suitable for numeracy consultants, learning support assistants or if you’re working in home education. The Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education comprises a series of short modules at honours level on the QAA framework for Higher Education Qualifications. It aims to:
develop your mathematical thinking
raise your awareness of how people learn mathematics
provide experience of different teaching approaches and the learning opportunities they afford
develop your awareness of, and facility with, ICT in the learning and teaching of mathematics
develop your knowledge and understanding of underpinning mathematics at all key stages.
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OU Diplomas are specially designed Open University qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study. For example The Open University's Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the most popular route into a career in teaching at secondary level in Scotland.
You can use an OU Diploma to:
enhance or progress your current career to gain professional recognition.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this diploma course, but it is assumed that you’ll have some experience in the area of teaching and learning mathematics.
In order to complete your studies, you will need access to learners of mathematics working at Key Stages 2 to 4, which could include adult learners.
Career relevance and employability
This diploma course will help you develop the subject knowledge and teaching methods needed to teach mathematics at all key stages without a specialist mathematics background.
It’s widely accepted that a qualification in statistics and the mathematical sciences particularly enhances the following transferable and much sought-after skills:
communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly
explaining mathematical ideas to others
understanding complex mathematical texts
working with abstract concepts
expressing problems in mathematical language
constructing logical arguments
working on open-ended problems
finding solutions to problems
interpreting mathematical results in real-world terms
analysing / interpreting data
using professional and relevant software.
There’s more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the
OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication and look at our OU study and your career subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
Register your interest
For academic year 2014/15, registration opens on 24/04/2014. If you would like to be kept updated, you can register your interest now.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
You cannot count credit for study you have already completed elsewhere towards this qualification.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
Knowledge and understanding
Practical and professional skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
On successful completion of 120 credits of required modules you will be awarded a Diploma in Mathematics Education.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our
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If you have a disability
Choosing the qualification that’s right for you is very important. Depending on your disability, long-term health condition, mental health disability or specific learning difficulty, you may need to consider any challenges posed by:
the learning objectives: for example, to gain an honours degree in a language you must be physically able to speak the language
how the modules are taught: for example, some of our science qualifications require that you complete laboratory work
any work-based competency requirements.
Choosing the right qualification can be a complex mix of the subject requirements and the support you may need. To help you assess whether the qualification you are interested in will work for you, further advice is available from:
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007),
Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you
will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you
register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities
we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move.
As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed
feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online
tutorials, or by phone.
For more information read
Distance learning explained.