The above map indicates the current status of EMS certification/endorsement, with supporting higher education programs (source: Rigelman, 2012).
Specialist (K-8) Endorsement (Changes effective July 1, 2011)
The mathematics endorsement is optional for all K-8 teachers, but recommended for an individual in the position of mathematics specialist, consultant, interventionist, or coach. Elementary teachers with a valid Arizona elementary or special
education teaching certificate, 3 years in full time K-8 teaching experience, must obtain 18
semester hours of courses in mathematics content, 3 semester hours in mathematics classroom assessment, and 3 hours in research-based practices, pedagogy, and instructional leadership in mathematics are eligible for
this endorsement. A passing score on the middle school mathematics knowledge portions of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment may be substituted for the 18 semester hours of content described above.
Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization and Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist Credential Program Standards
The Commission on Teacher Credentialing has recently approved new standards for mathematics instructional leadership specialists. There are two levels: 1) the Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization (MIAA), focusing on enhancing teaching practice in grades Kindergarten-Algebra I, and 2) the Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist (MILS) Credential, focusing on developing mathematics leadership for grades Kindergarten-12 (Adopted by the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing, September 2010; updated March 2011).
K-5 Mathematics Endorsement
In 2005 the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
released criteria for the development of programs to allow teachers
to earn an elementary mathematics endorsement. In 2010 these criteria were updated and now allow teachers who are already certified to add a K-5 endorsement to an existing certificate (Previously the endorsement could be earned as part of a preservice program.). Georgia has a separate
set of criteria for coaching, so the mathematics endorsement
does not speak to coaching/leadership skills. Teachers who earn the endorsement are eligible for pay incentives if they are teaching mathematics in grades 4 or 5.
Idaho Mathematics Consulting Teacher License
This license is for teachers who serve as mathematics coaches, curriculum coordinators, or who just want to be mathematics leaders in their districts. To be eligible for a Mathematics Consulting Teacher endorsement, candidates must demonstrate competency in the following areas through a minimum of 20 semester credit hours of coursework: Big Ideas on Mathematics, Proof and Argumentation, Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching, Mathematics Thinking for Instruction (MTI), Geometry & Measurement, Algebraic Reasoning, and Data Analysis & Probability. A minimum of 3 years teaching experience is required. Prior to being granted the Mathematics Consulting Teacher endorsement, candidates must have proof of successful performance through teacher portfolios. These portfolios will include both quantitative and qualitative measurements such as pre- and post-interviews, teacher knowledge inventories, classroom video, lesson plans, and student work samples.
Elementary Mathematics Specialist
This certification will be available to individuals holding a valid early childhood certificate (e.g., PK-K, PK-3), elementary certificate (e.g., 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 1-8), or middle school mathematics certificate (eg., 4-8, 5-8, 6-8), or a secondary mathematics certificate (6-12), 7-12). The following must be achieved: 1. three years of successful teaching experience to include the teaching of mathematics; 2. completetion of 21 graduate hours of coursework which must be reflective of the Specialized Mathematics Content for Teaching as outlined in the AMTE Standards for Elementary Math Specialists: A Reference for Teacher Credentialing and Degree Programs.
Mathematics Instructional Leader (MIL), PreK-6 and 4-9 Endorsements
Maryland's endorsement (effective October 4, 2010) requires that a candidate holds a valid, professional certificate with certification in elementary (MIL, PreK-6) or middle school mathematics (MIL, 4-9); and complete a minimum of 18 (MIL, PreK-6) or 21 (MIL, 4-9) semester hours of post-baccalaureate credit, or MSDE approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits, which include the following areas: 1) Content knowledge for teaching mathematics, including number and operations, algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, data analysis and probability, calculus (MIL, 4-9 only), and discrete mathematics (MIL, 4-9 only); 2) Pedagogical knowledge for teaching mathematics, including learners and learning, teaching, curriculum, and assessment; 3) Leadership knowledge and skills; and 4) At least 3 semester hours or the equivalent in a supervised practicum or school-based internship in which the candidate works with a range of students in grades PreK-6 (MIL, PreK-6) or 4-9 (MIL, 4-9) and adult learners in a variety of professional development settings. Candidates must present verification of 27 months of satisfactory teaching experience including mathematics.
Elementary Mathematics Specialist Program
Michigan’s program is a K-8 mathematics endorsement
for placement on an elementary teaching certificate. Teacher
preparation institutions offer approved programs based on Michigan
State Board of Education K-8 mathematics teacher endorsement
standards. Teacher candidates or teachers who wish
to earn this endorsement complete an approved program and pass
Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) mathematics-elementary
test (#089). Thirty-three of Michigan’s
34 approved teacher preparation institutions offer the K-8 mathematics
endorsement program. Evidence of Michigan’s elementary
mathematics specialist preparation is apparent as a “6-8
mathematics” endorsement carried on an elementary teaching
certificate, which itself currently authorizes K-5 All Subjects.
Elementary Mathematics Add-on License
In November 2009 the North Carolina State Board of Education approved for teachers holding an Elementary Education license the possibility to obtain an Elementary Mathematics Add-on License. This licensure is a coordinated effort between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the University of North Caroline General Administration (UNCGA), statewide LEA representation at the school and district levels, and the university faculty representation from colleges of education and arts and science. Based on the recommendations of the deans, the UNCGA established an advisory committee to draft the design of a program of study that could potentially support an elementary mathematics add-on license. UNCGA is in the process of designing, developing, and implementing an online graduate-level program of study (six courses) focused on the mathematical knowledge needed for successfully teaching mathematics at the elementary level.
Mathematics Specialist Endorsement
Mathematics specialist (limited to a kindergarten-primary, elementary,
or early childhood license, or middle childhood, high school,
or adolescence to young adult mathematics teaching license),
valid for providing coaching and professional development in
mathematics education for classroom teachers of mathematics
in grades Pre-Kindergarten through six. Candidates must have
at least three years of successful experience teaching mathematics
under a standard teaching certificate or license.
Mathematics Specialist (OEMS) Certification
OEMS is a process that allows elementary and/or early childhood teachers to earn an elementary mathematics certification in grades PK-5. OEMS professionals must know and understand elementary school mathematics as well as how mathematics concepts and skills develop through the secondary level. This includes specialized knowledge that teachers need in order to understand and support student learning of elementary mathematics. OEM professionals also need to be prepared to take on collegial non-evaluative leadership roles within their schools and districts. they must have a broad view of many aspects and resources needed to support and facilitate effective instruction and professional growth. The certification process and requirement was approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Education during its February 23, 2012 board meeting.
Mathematics Specialist Endorsement
As specified in South Dakota Administrative Rule 24:15:06:39,
in order for a graduate of an approved K-12 Mathematics Specialist
program to receive a K-12 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement
from the South Dakota Department of Education, specified coursework
including the following standards must be met: (1) advanced
certification (posses a graduate degree or above and/or National
Board Certification), (2) three years of experience teaching
mathematics in a K-12 setting.
Legislation passed in 2001 (House Bill 1144) required the creation
of the Master Mathematics Teacher (MMT) Certificate, the development
of standards for the certificate, and the development of Master
Mathematics Teacher certification examinations in grades EC-4,
4-8, and 8-12. A Master Mathematics Teacher is an individual
who holds a Master Mathematics Teacher Certificate and whose
primary duties are to teach mathematics and to serve as a mathematics
mentor to other teachers.The Master Mathematics Teacher Certificate
is being implemented as a part of the Texas Mathematics Initiative,
which offers mathematics educators assistance to improve student
performance in mathematics. The Master Mathematics Teacher Certificate
may be obtained by an individual who holds a teaching certificate,
has at least three years of teaching experience, completes an
SBEC-approved Master Mathematics Teacher preparation program,
and passes the Master Mathematics Teacher certification exam.
Mathematics Endorsement (K-6)
A teacher with an elementary area of concentration who completes
this 18 credit endorsement program in mathematics will receive
an endorsement indicating specialization in the teaching of
mathematics in grades K-6.
Regulations for Mathematics Specialists
The Virginia Department of Education licensure endorsement for
Mathematics Specialists for elementary and middle education
were approved by the Governor on September 21, 2007. For more
information about mathematics specialists in Virginia, visit
the Virginia Math
and Science Coalition.