"I have observed a tremendous change in the level of confidence in teaching mathematics from our elementary teachers who are participating in the EMS Endorsement! The lessons being taught are often more rigorous, hands-on, and the students are more engaged in the learning. These teachers are also becoming leaders in the field of mathematics in their schools."
Alice Cantrell, Warren County Mathematics Consultant
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Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement
Elementary Mathematics Specialists are teachers, teacher leaders, or mathematics coaches who are responsible for supporting effective mathematics instruction and student learning at the classroom, school, district, or state levels.
In addition to developing an in-depth knowledge and expertise with regard to teaching elementary mathematics, graduate students may include the endorsement course work within the Specialization component of the MAE and Planned 5th year programs in Elementary Education-Teacher Leader. In addition, students in the Planned 6th-year/Rank I program in Elementary Education may also elect to incorporate this endorsement within their programs. The endorsement can be incorporated in the EdS in Elementary Education as well.
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WKU is Kentucky's first university to offer the Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement, P-5. The national Elementary Mathematics Specialist standards prepared by the American Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) have provided guidance for development the development of the endorsement. A Joint Position Statement by AMTE, ASSM, NCSM, and NCTM recommends the use of Elementary Mathematics Specialists (EMS professionals) in pre-K–6 environments to enhance the teaching, learning, and assessing of mathematics to improve student achievement.
For the most current information on teacher education and certification, admission to professional education and admission to student teaching, consult the website for the Office of Teacher Services (www.wku.edu/teacherservices).
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