# Elementary Mathematics Specialist Certification

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**

- A valid teaching certificate;
- A current teaching position in elementary school or middle school mathematics.

**Requirements Beyond the Coursework for this Advanced Certification**

- 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.)
- A completed Missouri content Assessment for Elementary Mathematics Specialists with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri Qualifying Score.

## Requirements

### Subject Field Requirements (24)

MATH 17623 | Data and Probability for Elementary Mathematics Specialists | 3 |

MATH 17625 | Number and Operation for Elementary Mathematics Specialists | 3 |

MATH 17626 | Rational Numbers and Ratio and Proportional Relationships for Elementary Mathematics Specialists | 3 |

MATH 17627 | Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary Mathematics Specialists | 3 |

MATH 17628 | Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Mathematics Specialists | 3 |

EDCI 62623 | Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Foundations | 2 |

EDCI 62624 | Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Spec.: Influencing and Facilitating Improvement | 3 |

EDCI 62625 | Seminar and Internship in Number and Operation | 1 |

EDCI 62626 | Seminar and Internship in Rational Numbers and Proportional Thinking | 1 |

EDCI 62627 | Seminar and Internship in Algebraic Reasoning | 1 |

EDCI 62628 | Seminar and Internship in Geometry and Measurement | 1 |

Teachers wishing to earn a M.S.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.