Requirements

Operating organisations

The Chartered Mathematics Teacher designation is incorporated within the Royal Charter of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (‘the Institute’).  It is operated by the Institute’s Chartered Mathematics Teacher Registration Authority.  The Authority is composed of representatives from the following organisations.

ATM   The Association of Teachers of Mathematics
IMA   Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
MA The Mathematical Association
NANAMIC The National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics In Colleges

Requirements

An applicant for admission to the Register of Chartered Mathematics Teachers must be a member of at least one of the organisations; listed above, and must meet the requirements in the following four areas:

Pedagogy

Applicants must have a Masters-level qualification in pedagogy/education, or equivalent.  The QAA competences for taught masters degrees are detailed in Chartered designations: Appendix A. (see Equivalent Pedagogy Education Requirements below).

In addition applicants should: [more]

Mathematics

Applicants must have an honours degree in which there is a minimum of 50% of the course in mathematics, or equivalent (see Equivalent Mathematics Education Requirements below).

In addition all applicants should: [more]

Experience

Applicants must have at least four years experience of teaching mathematics following Qualified Teacher Status, Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status or equivalent, of which at least two are at an appropriate level of responsibility.

In particular applicants should: [more]

Continuing Professional Development

Applicants must make a commitment to a regular programme of CPD throughout their career.  Applicants would be expected to demonstrate work beyond their own classrooms, and to conduct themselves at all times in a professional manner. [more]

** Applicants should provide suitable documentary evidence to demonstrate
that they have met the requirements detailed above **

Equivalent Pedagogy Education Requirements

It is recognised that there are many excellent mathematics teachers worthy of the Chartered Mathematics Teacher designation whose may have not obtained formal Masters Level education in Pedagogy.  To help such teachers, and provided that all other points listed above are met, demonstration of the following skills and knowledge may allow exemption from the requirement of Masters-level qualification in pedagogy/education.

  • a systematic understanding of pedagogy, and a critical awareness of current pedagogical issues, many of which are at, or informed by, the forefront of academic study.
  • originality in their application of pedagogical knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in pedagogy.
  • conceptual understanding of pedagogy that enable them:
    • to evaluate critically both current research and advanced scholarship in pedagogy,
    • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses, and
    • to communicate their conclusions clearly to a wider audience.
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tacking and solving pedagogical problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.

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Equivalent Mathematical Education Requirements

It is recognised that there are many excellent mathematics teachers worthy of the Chartered Mathematics Teacher designation whose first degree is not in mathematics.  To help such teachers, and provided that all other points listed above are met, demonstration of the following skills and knowledge may allow exemption from the requirement of an honours degree in which there is a minimum of 50% of the course in mathematics.

  • a knowledge of mathematics as a subject with deep intrinsic interest as well as important applications in many fields
  • an appropriate understanding of links between topics within mathematics
  • a knowledge of the relevance and application of a wide range of aspects of mathematics to other subjects in the curriculum
  • a knowledge of the nature of the difficulties that students at all levels experience when learning mathematics.

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Code of Professional Conduct

In addition to the above, all applicants must agree to abide by the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct for Chartered Mathematics Teachers.

Designatory Letters

All Chartered Mathematics Teachers are entitled to use the title ‘Chartered Mathematics Teacher’ and the designatory letters ‘CMathTeach’ after their degree.

Further Information

A Chartered Mathematics Teacher, providing they are under no liability to the Institute, may resign on giving written notice of their intention to do so.

Any person who has ceased to be a Chartered Mathematics Teacher may apply for re-admission.

Applications for the Chartered Mathematics Teacher designation are considered by the Chartered Mathematics Teacher Registration Authority of the Institute. 

Applications take at least three months to process from receipt by the operating organisation.