"One aspect of this endorsement that I found so rewarding was the meshing of multiple fields into one. This is not just a math endorsement. This endorsement incorporates math methodology, but also technology, assessment practices, and leadership building."
Neesa Richardson, EMS graduate
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Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement
Elementary Mathematics Specialists are teachers, teacher leaders, or mathematics coaches who are responsible for supporting effective mathematics instruction and student learning at the classroom, school, district, or state levels.
In addition to developing an in-depth knowledge and expertise with regard to teaching elementary mathematics, graduate students may include the endorsement course work within the Specialization component of the MAE and Planned 5th year programs in Elementary Education-Teacher Leader. In addition, students in the Planned 6th-year/Rank I program in Elementary Education may also elect to incorporate this endorsement within their programs. The endorsement can be incorporated in the EdS in Elementary Education as well.
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WKU is Kentucky's first university to offer the Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement, P-5. The national Elementary Mathematics Specialist standards prepared by the American Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) have provided guidance for development the development of the endorsement. A Joint Position Statement by AMTE, ASSM, NCSM, and NCTM recommends the use of Elementary Mathematics Specialists (EMS professionals) in pre-K–6 environments to enhance the teaching, learning, and assessing of mathematics to improve student achievement.
For the most current information on teacher education and certification, admission to professional education and admission to student teaching, consult the website for the Office of Teacher Services (www.wku.edu/teacherservices).
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