Elementary Mathematics Specialist Graduate Certificate

Elementary Mathematics Specialist Graduate Certificate



Credits required:

22 credits

Cost per credit:


Next start date:

May 6, 2024

About This Program

Utah State University's online Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) Certificate is designed for graduate students and professionals to strengthen their mathematics content, pedagogy and leadership knowledge and expertise to serve as leaders in elementary mathematics.

As outlined in the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) standards, Elementary Mathematics Specialists are "teachers, teacher leaders, or coaches who are responsible for supporting effective mathematics instruction and student learning at the classroom, school, district, or state levels."

Students who complete the EMS Certificate program will receive a graduate-level certificate as an Elementary Mathematics Specialist that is aligned with national standards. The program is offered completely online. Participants may complete the 24-credit EMS Certificate in one year. USU's EMS Certificate is available as a stand-alone program, and is also complementary to USU's Master of Education degree. In addition, USU's EMS Certificate is complementary to the Elementary Mathematics Endorsement and the Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement awarded by the Utah State Board of Education.

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Katherine Vela

Katherine Vela

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
(435) 613-5018

College: College of Education & Human Services

Department: Teacher Education & Leadership

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Elementary Mathematics Specialist Curriculum Preview


This course for K-8 teachers covers the content of Number and Operations to develop a comprehensive understanding of number systems and relate their structure to computation, arithmetic, algebra, and problem-solving. 

This course provides practicing teachers a deeper understanding of algebraic expressions, equations, functions, real numbers, and instructional strategies to facilitate the instruction of this content for elementary students. 

This course provides practicing teachers a deeper understanding of the various types of assessment and their appropriate use for guiding instruction, intervention and evaluation of student learning. 

This course develops the following mathematics education leadership knowledge and skills: policy and curriculum issues; research informing instructional practice; implementation and evaluation of professional development; evaluation of educational structures that affect equity; and responsibilities of math coaches and mentors.