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Numeracy in Adult Education

Numeracy is more than math. It's the ability to understand math concepts so that the ideas, principles, and procedures can be applied to an adult learner's life and work situations. In this updates course, participants will gain an understanding of the difference between teaching for discrete math skills and teaching for numeracy. They will experience and take away a sample of instructional methods and activities.

Through the online course format, you can learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Facilitators, available to help you throughout the eight-week course, lead you through the content and technical aspects of the course.

Each week's lesson addresses a topic in adult education pertaining to numeracy. Course activities include readings, assignments, and discussions. The lessons are sequential.

Lessons and resources included in the course:
  • Welcome to Numeracy
  • Numbers and Number Sense
  • Patterns and Algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Data and Statistics

Completion of the course is designed to require a minimum of 32 hours of your time; approximately four hours a week. However, you may find that you want to spend longer with some topics.

You must be currently teaching/tutoring. A requirement of the course is to deliver activities that you create during the course and you must be currently working in a classroom in order to do this.

In order to receive the certificate for participating in the Numeracy in Adult Education training, you must complete all assignments, respond to each discussion question, and respond at least once to one of your classmates in any of the week’s discussion/assignment forums.

Remember that, although you will gain from doing the activities, you will learn most from discussions with your online colleagues and facilitator. To keep our discussions as productive as possible, you must stay within the timeframe outlined for this course.

This course is available to out-of-state participants for a fee of $175. To begin the registration process for out-of-state participants, please send an email to

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