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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, 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.
The program is designed and will be delivered collaboratively across five institutions (University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Central Missouri, Missouri State University, Southeast Missouri State University, and Northwest Missouri State University). It includes online, face-to-face (20 credits), and school-based internships (4 credits).
Although most courses will be delivered collaboratively, each student must choose one of the collaborative universities as his/her home university. This is the university at which the student will enroll in all classes (paying that university’s tuition/fees), receive advising, and attend all face-to-face sessions.
The program includes five integrated mathematics content/pedagogy courses, four of which have an internship, and two leadership development courses and is designed for full-time classroom teachers. Program courses are offered over a 2-year cycle, but new cohorts may begin each fall. See the program summary below and/or your collaborative home university closest to you for more details. Classes may be capped, so students who wish to participate in this program need to apply at your home university as soon as possible.
Each university in the collaborative also offers a master’s degree of which the Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) program is a part. See your home university for details.
Check your home university for the following:
Eligibility requirements: Current elementary teachers with at least 1 year of classroom teaching experience, strong interest in enhancing mathematics content and pedagogical preparation, and commitment to completing the requirements of the program in the 2-year period.
Because students are more successful in cohort programs, it is essential that participants commit to the timeline and requirements of the program.
|Fall||A course in Number and Operation||3 credits|
|Fall||Seminar/Internship in Number and Operation||1 credit|
|Spring||A course in Rational Number and Ratio and Proportional Relationships||3 credits|
|Spring||Seminar/Internship in Rational Numbers and Proportional Thinking||1 credit|
|Summer||A course in Modeling, Data and Probability||3 credits|
|Summer||Mathematical Leadership: Foundations||2 credits|
|Fall||A course in Geometry and Measurement||3 credits|
|Fall||Seminar/Internship in Geometry and Measurement||1 credit|
|Spring||A course in Algebraic Reasoning||3 credits|
|Spring||Seminar/Internship in Algebraic||1 credit|
|Summer||Mathematical Leadership: Influencing and Facilitating Improvement||3 credits|
|University of Central Missouri||Dr. Ann McCoy||Phone: 660.543.4386
|University of Missouri-Columbia||Dr. Corey Webel||Phone: 573.882.6774
|Missouri State University||Dr. Kurt Killion||Phone: 417.836.6385
|Northwest Missouri State University||Dr. Jenni Wall||Phone: 660.562.1729
|Southeast Missouri State University||Dr. Tamela Randolph||Phone: 573.651.2164