Elementary Math Specialist

DESE Add-On Certification Program

Missouri EMS Collaborative

The Raytown School District in partnership with the University of Central Missouri Mathematics Education Department and the Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education are excited to offer Raytown educators an opportunity to acquire an Elementary Mathematics Specialist Certificate.


Courses in the EMS certificate program are offered primarily online with some courses requiring a 5-6 face-to-face sessions. The face-to-face sessions for Raytown educators will be held in Raytown for your convenience.


As part of the program, you will learn to coach students as well as fellow teachers in learning math and facilitating math learning. Upon completion of the program, you will be certified as an Elementary Mathematics Specialist in the state of Missouri. Elementary Mathematics Specialists will be prepared to fill a variety of roles: mathematics coach, mathematics resource teacher,mathematics curriculum supervisor, or mathematics teacher in a departmentalized setting.


The certification program is a 24-credit hour program.

  • Designed for full time classroom teachers.
  • Includes five integrated mathematics content/pedagogy courses and two leadership development courses.
  • Delivery includes online blended classes and school based internships.
  • Courses are offered over a 2 year cycle.

Completion of the the certification may be used as part of a Master’s degree or Education Specialist degree by completing additional coursework.

The following admission requirements apply to the Certificate in Elementary Math

Specialist program:

  • Candidates must have a current certification in Elementary and/or Middle School
  • in the state of Missouri,
  • a 2.5 minimum undergraduate GPA,
  • a minimum of one year of classroom teaching experience, and a recent teaching
  • evaluation.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

MATH 5800 Number and Operations for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3 hours

MATH 5810 Rational Numbers and Proportional Relationships for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3 hours

MATH 5820 Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3 hours

MATH 5830 Geometry and Measurements for Elementary Mathematics Specialists

3 hours

MATH 5840 Data and Probability for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 3 hours

ECEL 5800 Internship in Number and Operations for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 1 hour

ECEL 5810 Internship in Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for Elementary

Mathematics Specialists 1 hour

ECEL 5820 Internship in Algebraic Reasoning for Elementary Mathematics Specialists

1 hour

ECEL 5830 Internship in Geometry and Measurement for Elementary Mathematics

Specialists 1 hour

ECEL 5855 Foundations of Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists 2 hours

ECEL 5860 Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Influencing and Facilitating Improvement 3 hours

MINIMUM GRADUATE HOUR TOTAL FOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM….24 hours


If you would like to earn your Masters of Science in Education (along with your certificate), you can complete 2 additional courses in addition to your certificate program.

ECEL 5240 Leadership and Analysis of Teaching Children 3 hours

ECEL 5920 Childhood Research and Development ………………….. 3 hours

MINIMUM GRADUATE HOUR TOTAL FOR MSE EMS PROGRAM ………30 hours

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