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​CSPG 53 - Middle Level Mathematics 6-9

​Instructional Area Code 2860
Modified: June 21, 2023

Middle Level Mathematics in grades 6-9 is the group of instructional programs that describe the systematic study of logical symbolic language, its application, and the analysis of quantities, magnitudes and forms and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. 

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

A person holding a valid Pennsylvania certificate for Middle Level Mathematics is qualified to teach mathematics courses in grades 6 through 9.

Certification Assignment

An educator holding a valid Pennsylvania Middle Level Mathematics 6-9 certificate is qualified to teach Mathematics programs such as General Mathematics, Personal Finance, Business Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses. (Other Instructional certificates may teach STEM courses based on course content and the type of credit being given.) 

Special Considerations

An educator certified in this field may:

  • provide professional development related to their collegial studies;
  • serve in the role of mentor or advisor; and
  • assist students in understanding the reading content area materials related to this subject area.

Certification Clarification

Educators teaching mathematics at grades 6 through 9 must have a Middle Level Mathematics certificate or a Mathematics 7-12 certificate. 

Educators teaching mathematics in grade 6 may hold a Middle Level Mathematics 6-9 certificate, Secondary Mathematics 7-12 certificate, Elementary K-6 certificate, or Grades 4-8 certificate.


The Middle Level Mathematics 6-9 certified educator may teach math courses only in grades 6, 7, 8, and/or 9.

Middle Level Mathematics 6-9 certificate holders are not certified to teach computer and technology courses. Computer and technology instruction in grades K-12 requires Business, Computer, and Information Technology K-12 certification. This includes keyboarding, word processing, information processing, database management, spreadsheet manipulation, desktop publishing, accessing shared information resources via networks or Internet, multimedia, web page design, and other emerging software. See CSPG 33 Business, Computer and Information Technology for more information.

Middle Level Mathematics 6-9 certificate holders may teach computer science if they were teaching computer science in a local education agency when the Computer Science 7-12 certification requirement went into effect on December 31, 2022 and may only continue to do as long as they remain employed with that local education agency. See CSPG 71 Computer Science 7-12 for more information.


Program Specific Guidelines for Certification.

PA Public School Code: §1202, §1212, §1604

22 PA Code:

Chapter 4: §4.22(c)(2), §4.23(c)(2)

Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81, §49.85(a)(3)

Other CSPG for Reference: CSPG 104 Expansion of Secondary (7-12) Certification to Sixth Grade 

This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous printing dates on this subject: 7/04.

Summary of Changes

Date of RevisionsMajor Changes to CSPG #53
  • ​Updated formatting and terminology.
  • Added Grades 4-8 as a certification that may teach Math in grade 6.
  • Added STEM courses to certification assignment.
  • Removed computer science and computer technology instruction from certification assignment.
Updated the CSPG with the current grade scope of the certificate from 7-9 to 6-9
Initial CSPG for Middle Level Mathematics 7-9