Math Specialist Teaching License

College of Education

Dean: Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson
Department of Elementary, Early & Special Education
Department Chair: Dr. Julie Ray

Math Specialist Teaching License Program

The Math Specialist certificate program includes five integrated mathematics content/pedagogy courses, four of which have an internship, and two leadership development courses and is designed for full-time classroom teachers. Program courses are offered over a 2-year cycle. See the program summary below.

MD611. Internship in Numbers and Operations. FALL 

Supervised teaching practicum and online seminars in which candidate acquires experience working with a range of students and adult learners on Number and Operations concepts. Corequisite: MD621. (1)

MD612. Internship in Rational Numbers and Proportional Thinking. SPRING 

Supervised teaching practicum and online seminars in which candidate acquires experience working with a range of students and adult learners on Rational Number and Proportional Thinking concepts. Corequisite: MD622. (1)

MD616. Internship in Geometry and Measurement. FALL 

Supervised teaching practicum and online seminars in which candidate acquires experience working with a range of students and adult learners on Geometry and Measurement concepts. Corequisite: MD626. (1)

MD617. Internship in Algebraic Reasoning. SPRING 

Supervised teaching practicum and online seminars in which candidate acquires experience working with a range of students and adult learners on Algebraic Reasoning concepts. Corequisite: MD627. (1)

MD621. Numbers and Operations. FALL 

The course is designed to develop an understanding of the learning and teaching of pre-number concepts, counting and cardinality, and numbers and operations in base ten. Emphasis will be given to how children think about and learn these concepts and how they fit into the elementary school curriculum. Corequisite: MD611. (3)

MD622. Rational Numbers and Proportional Thinking. SPRING 

The course is designed to develop an understanding of the learning and teaching of rational numbers and ratio and proportional relationships. Emphasis will be given to how children think about and learn these concepts and how they fit into the elementary school curriculum. Corequisite: MD612. (3)

MD624. Data and Probability. SUMMER 

The course is designed to develop understanding of probabilistic reasoning and the collection, exploration, and analysis of data. Emphasis will be given to how children think and learn about these concepts and how they fit into the elementary school curriculum (3)

MD626. Geometry and Measurement. FALL 

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the teaching and learning of geometry and measurement. Emphasis will be given to how children think about and learn these concepts and how they fit into an elementary mathematics curriculum. Corequisite: MD616. (3)

MD627. Algebraic Reasoning. SPRING 

This course will focus on the content and complexities of teaching and assessing algebraic reasoning in grade 1-6 settings. Course content will include examination of representation and analysis of mathematical situations and structures. Attention will be given to patterns, functions, and the transition from arithmetic to algebra. Corequisite: MD617. (3)

EL667. Mathematical Leadership for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Foundations. SUMMER 

This course provides an understanding of leadership principles and the process of continuous improvement for elementary mathematics specialists. (3)

EL668. Math Leadership for Elementary Math Specialists: Influencing and Facilitating. SUMMER 

This second leadership course in the EMS program focuses on research and practice related to teamwork, interaction, communication, conflict resolution, and leadership in K-5 schools. Candidates will also examine effective strategies for influencing and facilitating school/district improvement (e.g., mentoring and observing colleagues, conducting professional development, and making data-informed decisions to improve student learning) collaborating with colleagues and administration. Candidates will focus on mentoring and observing colleagues, conducting professional development, and making data informed decisions to improve student learning school- and district-wide. Prerequisite: EL667. (3)

DESE Certification requirements

  1. A valid Missouri permanent or professional certificate of license to teach; and
  2. Two (2) years of successful mathematics teaching experience;
  3. Must have recommendation of designated official for teacher education in the college or university with an approved program of study;
  4. Must complete the content knowledge or specialty area test designated by the State Board of Education with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri Qualifying Score.

Contact Dr. Tamela Randolph at trandolph@semo.edu for more information.

Contact

573.651.2122
jmccoy@semo.edu
Scully 313
Dept. of Elem., Early & Special Edu.
One University Plaza, MS 5575
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701