Mathematics Specialists are teacher leaders with additional preparation and background in mathematics instructional strategies, and school leadership. Typically based in elementary and middle schools, mathematics specialists are teachers who are released from full time classroom responsibilities so that they can support the professional growth of their colleagues, promoting enhanced mathematics instruction and student learning throughout their schools. Responsibilities often include strengthening classroom teachers’ understanding of mathematics content, and helping teachers develop more effective mathematics teaching practices that allow all students to reach high standards as well as sharing research addressing how students learn mathematics.
Mathematics Specialists serve students and schools in a variety of ways including as classroom teachers, lead or mentor teachers, and school or district-based mathematics specialists. This certificate program provides teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to meet this need. Students have the option of taking individual courses or the full certificate for professional development or the courses can be used as electives in the M.S. in Education.
Applicants may receive the Math Specialist Certificate upon successful completion of the four courses and after passing the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Mathematics (5732) with a qualifying score of 150.