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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.
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 (wku.edu/teacherservices).
*Applicants in Elementary Education outside of Kentucky should check with their licensing entity to determine eligibility for the EMS Endorsement vs. EMS Certificate to see which is available and the best fit.
This endorsement may be earned as a stand-alone certificate or may count toward the MAE in Elementary Education. Students wishing to pursue the endorsement as part of a master’s program, must meet the admission criteria for that program.
The graduate endorsement in Elementary Mathematics requires 15 hours that may be incorporated into the Elementary Education MAE program or other graduate programs for elementary teachers:
Nine credit hours (3 courses) are required in the area of pedagogy. They include:
Six hours (two courses) are required in the content area. Certain course restrictions apply.
*Math 411G is required for all students who did not complete MATH 411 as part of a baccalaureate program.
MATH 411/411G must be successfully completed at the undergraduate or graduate level. Completion of this course determines requirements for the content category.
Elementary Math Specialist (P-5) “Endorsement” Details
The Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement is designed to give professionals both a deep and practical knowledge of the content and pedagogy of elementary mathematics and skills for working with other professionals to develop their mathematical knowledge for teaching in P-5 settings.
Elementary Math Specialization (P-5) “Certificate” Details
The Elementary Mathematics Specialization P-5 Certificate is designed to give education professionals a breadth of elementary mathematics content and mathematics pedagogy knowledge. It will also further develop collaborative skills needed to enhance mathematical knowledge for teaching in P-5 team teaching or co-teaching settings.
An Elementary Mathematics Specialization Certificate is for:
This graduate certificate does NOT lead to certification for an addition to a teaching license, but rather will be listed as a certificate on the WKU transcript upon completion. The coursework leads to more knowledge about elementary mathematics education for those not eligible for the Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) Endorsement.
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