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Northwest Missouri State University


Missouri Collaborative Elementary Mathematics Specialist Program

Overview | Certificate | M.S.Ed. Elementary Mathematics | Courses

Elementary Mathematics Specialist Add-on Certification 24-hour program + optional MSEd in Elementary Mathematics

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a 24 hour Elementary Mathematics Specialist certification. Such a program is being offered through collaboration among NW, MSU, MU, SEMO, and UCM. Each university in the collaboration will deliver designated content courses and make them available to students at all five universities using online classes and blend formats of online with approximately six face-to-face sessions. Students declaring Northwest as their home university will register for all of their classes through NW and pay NW tuition rates, regardless of which institution is offering the course. NW faculty will teach and supervise all of the Seminar and Internship classes for NW enrolled students.

The program includes a mathematics content course (3 credit hours) and a sister seminar and internship course (1 credit hour) each fall and spring trimester for two years. The Data and Probability course (no associated Seminar and Practicum) and two leadership courses will be taught during summers. Other courses that will complete the MSEd Elementary Mathematics will also be taught during the summer.

The course content in each of the mathematics content courses align with the content in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM, 2010) and the recommendations in the Mathematical Education of Teachers (MET) books (Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences CBMS).

The seminar and internship courses will help teachers take the new mathematics content and use it appropriately in their elementary classrooms. The leadership courses provide instruction specific to the coaching of teachers in mathematics pedagogy and sharing mathematics issues with school and district stakeholders. Instruction in these courses will also focus on understanding assessment data and using that at the classroom, school, and district levels to improve student learning.

Program Contact

Jennifer WallDr. Jennifer Wall 
Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems

Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Phone: 660.562.1729
Email: jwall@nwmissouri.edu 

Elementary Mathematics Specialist Certificate

The call to improve student achievement in mathematics is particularly challenging at the elementary level where teachers generally receive limited specialized training in mathematics or mathematics pedagogy. In order to address this demand for highly-trained mathematics teachers who may act as administrators and supervisors of mathematics programs, mathematics coaches, and teachers of mathematics at the elementary level, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has established an advanced certification of Elementary Mathematics Specialist. This program is designed to prepare students for this certification by offering in-depth study of grade appropriate mathematics as specified in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (2010), supervised application of pedagogy and leadership training.

Prerequisites for Elementary (1-6) Mathematics Specialist Certificate program are:

  1. A valid Missouri permanent or professional certificate of license to teach;
  2. At least two (2) years of experience teaching elementary or middle school mathematics.

Requirements beyond the course work for this advanced certification:

  1. A recommendation of the certification officer at Northwest or other university with an approved program of student. (See the Subject Field Requirements (24 hr.) below.)
  2. A completed content knowledge or specialty area test designated by the State Board of Education with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri Qualifying Score.

Subject Field Requirements

24

Math 17-623 Data and Probability for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3
Math 17-625 Number and Operation for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3
Math 17-626 Rational Number and Ratio and Proportional Relationships for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3
Math 17-627 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3
Math 17-628 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3
EdCI 62-623 Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Foundations 2
EdCI 62-624 Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Influencing and Facilitating Improvement 3
EdCI 62-625 Seminar and Internship in Numbers and Operations 1
EdCI 62-626 Seminar and Internship in Rational Numbers and Proportional Thinking 1
EdCI 62-627 Seminar and Internship in Algebraic Reasoning 1
EdCI 62-628 Seminar and Internship in Geometry and Measurement

1

Teachers wishing to earn a MS.Ed degree that includes the courses required for the Elementary Mathematics Specialist advanced certification (see above), must meet the following requirements and do the following additional course work.

M.S.Ed. Elementary Mathematics

Program Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 on the undergraduate transcript or an undergraduate overall GPA of 2.50 to 2.74 and a 3.25 GPA on eight hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest in the major program where admission is requested.
  2. A valid teaching certificate.
  3. A position teaching elementary school or middle school mathematics.
  4. A current teaching position in elementary school or middle school mathematics.
  5. A letter of recommendation from a current administrator who has completed a performance-based annual evaluation on which the teacher has achieved the level of developing or higher.
  6. Successful completion of the Analytical Writing Assessment.

Course Requirements

Core Requirements 5
Math 17-681 Curriculum Construction in Mathematics 3
Math 17-622 Introduction to Research Methods for the Social Sciences 1
Math 17-624 Research Project 1
Subject Field Requirements (see Certification) 24
Approved Electives 3
Total 32

Any advisor-approved graduate course from any department may be selected as an elective providing the student will have completed 16 semester hours at the 600 level. These may include any of the prerequisite courses that have not been completed. They must be taken at the graduate level to be applied to the M.S.Ed. degree.

Course Descriptions

623 Data and Probability for Elementary Mathematics Specialists (3 hours)
The course is designed to develop understanding of probabilistic reasoning and the collection, exploration, and analysis of data.  Emphasis will be given to how children think and learn about these concepts and how they fit into the elementary school curriculum.
625 Number and Operation for Elementary Mathematics Specialists (3 hours)
The course is designed to develop an understanding of the learning and teaching of pre-number concepts, counting and cardinality, and numbers and operations in base ten. Emphasis will be given to how children think about and learn these concepts and how they fit into the elementary school curriculum. Co-requisite: EDCI 62-625.
626 Rational Numbers and Ratio and Proportional Relationships for Elementary Mathematics Specialists (3 hours)
The course is designed to develop an understanding of the learning and teaching of rational numbers and ratio and proportional relationships. Emphasis will be given to how children think about and learn these concepts and how they fit into the elementary school curriculum. Co-requisite: EDCI 62-626.
627 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary Mathematics Specialists (3 hours)
This course will focus on the content and complexities of teaching and assessing algebraic reasoning in grade 1-6 settings.  Course content will include examination of representation and analysis of mathematical situations and structures.  Attention will be given to patterns, functions, and the transition from arithmetic to algebra. Co-requisite: EDCI 62-627.
628 Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Mathematics Specialists (3 hours)
This course is designed to develop an understanding of the teaching and learning of geometry and measurement.  Emphasis will be given to how children think about and learn these concepts and how they fit into an elementary mathematics curriculum. EDCI 62-627.