The Elementary & Middle School Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction Specialist concentration is designed for the elementary and middle school classroom teacher who wants to improve instructional skills as well as expand knowledge and skills in mathematics.
Virginia teachers at the elementary or middle school level must possess a deep understanding of the mathematics they are teaching, an understanding of how it connects to higher levels of mathematics, and a skilful use of methods to guide students in the learning.
Well-prepared teacher leaders in a specialist's role can have a significant influence on strengthening content, pedagogical, and assessment knowledge of those classroom teachers who are inadequately prepared to deliver significant mathematics programs. They can also provide the professional development that is critical for improving instruction and student learning.
Applicants must hold a valid Collegiate Professional Teaching License or equivalent from another state and have taught for a minimum of two (2) years, which include teaching mathematics. Upon completion and three (3) years of teaching experience in which teaching mathematics was a critical role, one meets current eligibility requirements for the Postgraduate Professional License and an endorsement as a Math Specialist for Elementary and Middle School.
Development of the mathematics courses for this concentration is the result of a cooperative arrangement by the University of Virginia, the University of Mary Washington, James Madison University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, George Mason University and Longwood University. A consortium agreement with these partner institutions has established these six jointly developed core mathematics courses as transferable across member institutions.