Coordinator: Rachel Harrington
Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders will know and deeply understand the mathematics of elementary school, how mathematics concepts and skills develop through middle school, will have a foundation in pedagogical content knowledge and will be prepared to take on collegial non-evaluative leadership roles within their schools and districts. They will have a broad view of many aspects and resources needed to support and facilitate effective instruction and professional growth.
- Demonstrate content knowledge for teaching mathematics.
- Develop pedagogical knowledge for teaching mathematics.
- Apply leadership knowledge and skills.
This TSPC-approved program consists of graduate-level courses designed to meet the requirements for the TSPC Specialization: Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader (EMIL). To be eligible for recommendation for specialization, candidates must complete all required coursework (24 credits) including a practicum that requires work with a range of students and teachers.
Upon completion of this program and recommendation to TSPC, EMIL Specialists will be equipped with advanced and specialized content knowledge for the teaching of K-8 mathematics with particular emphasis on the teaching of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. They will demonstrate knowledge of a broad set of resources necessary to support mathematical instruction and professional growth.
Candidates will have the skills necessary to train, coach and lead other school personnel in effective mathematics instruction. Primary demonstration of leadership skills will be assessed in ED 673 Mathematics Leadership in K-8 Schools and ED 609 Practicum .
Candidates will complete a professional portfolio and upon exit, exhibit their professional skills and develop a plan for ongoing professional development. TSPC approval of the EMIL Specialization further requires three complete years of teaching mathematics and a passing score on the commission-approved multiple subjects exam. See http://www.wou.edu/graduate/elementary-math-specialization/.