AMTE Elementary Mathematics Specialist Initiatives

AMTE is committed to promoting the development, ongoing support, and use of Elementary Mathematics Specialists to enhance mathematics instruction and assessment in order to improve student achievement.

Elementary Mathematics Specialist Scholarship Program

The AMTE Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) Scholarship program provides support to teachers in their development as EMSs. Recipients receive $2,000 of funding to enhance their mathematics content, pedagogical, and leadership knowledge and skills by enrolling in university courses or other training to develop expertise as an elementary teacher, an interventionist, a teacher leader, and a coach. Funds should be used to work toward an EMS certificate or endorsement.

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States with Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) Certification or Credentials

In 2010, 9 states offered EMS certification or credentials. Following the state-certification conferences in 2010 and 2011, along with related dissemination efforts (e.g., conference presentations, publications, research catalyst conference), 25 states now offer state certification for mathematics specialists (i.e., license add-ons for elementary mathematics content, mathematics content and pedagogy, and/or mathematics content, pedagogy, and coaching/teacher leadership).

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    For more information on AMTE Initiatives in support of Elementary Mathematics Specialists, please contact Nicole Rigelman at