Mathematics Specialists Certifications/Endorsements (by State)

EMS Certification Map
The above map indicates the current state status of EMS certification/endorsement, with supporting higher education programs (source: AMTE EMS State Certification Conference, 2011).


Mathematics 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.


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 the Michigan 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.

North Carolina

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.


P-6 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.

South Dakota

K-12 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.


Master Mathematics Teacher
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.


Elementary 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.


Licensure 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.

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