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Missouri Collaborative Elementary Mathematics Specialist Program

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. The certification focuses on improving elementary teachers’ mathematical content and pedagogy knowledge and leadership skills.

The certification program includes 5 mathematics content course, two mathematics leadership courses and one capstone practicum course. Two additional courses can be added to complete the MSEd Elementary Mathematics.

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 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 Wall

Dr. Jennifer Wall 
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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 teaching certificate;
  2. A current teaching position in elementary school 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 study. (See the Subject Field Requirements (24 hr.) below.)
  2. A completed Missouri content Assessment for Elementary Mathematics Specialists with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri Qualifying Score.

Mathematics Requirements (15 Hours)

Course No. Course Name Hours
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

Leadership and Practicum Requirements (9 Hours)

Course No. Course Name Hours
EdCI 62-623 Mathematical Leadership: Foundations of Curriculum Development 3
EdCI 62-624 Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Influencing and Facilitating Improvement 3
Math 17-630 Practicum for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3

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 3.0 GPA on six hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest in the major program where admission is requested.
  2. Documentation of a valid teaching certificate.
  3. Documentation of one of the following:
    1. Successful completion of another Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a 2.75 GPA OR
    2. National Board Certification OR
    3. Successful completion of nationally normed educational performance assessment or content assessment OR
    4. Department analytical writing assessment that is evaluated using a writing scoring guide based on the modified CUNY scales with a score of 4.0 or higher. OR
    5. Recent teaching evaluation

Mathematics Requirements (15 Hours)

Course No. Course Name Hours
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 nd Measurement for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3

Leadership and Practicum Requirements (9 Hours)

Course No. Course Name Hours
EdCI 62-623 Mathematical Leadership: Foundations of Curriculum Development 3
EdCI 62-624 Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Influencing and Facilitating Improvement 3
Math 17-630 Practicum for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3

Education Requirements (6 Hours)

Course No. Course Name Hours
EdCI 61-641 Data Literacy and Assessment for Schools 3
EdCI 62-642 Multicultural Education for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3