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​CSPG 53 - Middle Level Mathematics 6-9

Modified: January 1, 2020

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

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

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

Certification Assignment

An educator holding a valid PA certificate for Middle Level Mathematics is qualified to teach Mathematics programs as follows:  General Mathematics, Business Mathematics, Algebra, Plane Geometry, and Technology courses specific to Mathematics, as well as any course where at least 50 percent of the content is contained in the Pa. Math Standards.

A middle level Mathematics educator will also use appropriate skills, content area texts and resources to help students: 1) become proficient in the Pa. Math Standards and learning processes, and 2) achieve a more complete understanding of coursework.

Special Considerations

An educator certified in this field may provide school staff development services regarding their collegial studies/skills, may serve in the role of mentor or advisor, and may assist students in understanding the "reading" content area materials related to this subject area.

Certification Clarification

All individuals teaching mathematics at grades 6 through 9 must have a Middle Level Mathematics certificate or a Secondary Mathematics certificate. All individuals teaching mathematics at grade 6 may have an Elementary K-6 certificate or a Middle Level Mathematics 6-9 certificate or a Secondary Mathematics 7-12 certificate.


The certified educator may teach math courses in grades 6, 7, 8, and/or 9 and may teach math only at grade 6.


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(4)

Other CSPG’s for Reference:

CSPG 104 - Limitations of Assignment of Middle and Secondary Teachers to Instruction at the Elementary Level

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
January 1, 2020
Updated the CSPG with the current grade scope of the certificate from 7-9 to 6-9
July 1, 2004Initial CSPG for Middle Level Mathematics 7-9