Missouri State University

Elementary Math Specialist (1-6)

Elementary Mathematics Specialist Certification is designed for practicing teachers (with at least 2 years of experience teaching elementary or middle school).  This added certificate program is part of a statewide Mathematics Specialist certification in collaboration with other Missouri Universities.  Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) professionals can serve students and schools in a variety of ways including as classroom teachers, lead or mentor teachers, and school or district-based mathematics specialists.

Who to Contact:

For general information about the Math Specialist Certification program, Please contact Dr. Kurt Killion
For information regarding the MSED program option or which option to select, please contact Dr. Cindy Hail
For general information regarding the application process, application status, or general information, please contact the Teacher Certification Office at 417-836-8772. 

There are two options to consider when pursuing Elementary Math Specialist Certification through Missouri State:

Elementary Education/Master of Science in Education (MSED)

Certification as an Elementary Math Specialist (1-6) can be earned in combination with the Master of Science in Education (MSED) in Elementary Education.  This program allows students to earn certification as an Elementary Math Specialist and apply that coursework toward an emphasis in the MSED Degree.  After being recommended for certification, students will then complete additional graduate-level coursework to complete the MSED degree.  The minimum GPA requirement to apply for this program option is a 2.75 overall cumulative, or a 3.00 in the last 60 hours.

This program offers a flexible schedule, and most courses to complete the degree are offered in the evenings, summers or online. 

For More Information, or to Apply:

For more information regarding the MSED in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Elementary Math Specialist, please visit the MSED - Elementary Program Website

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Students pursuing this option will complete a series of graduate-level courses required for the Elementary Math Specialist (1-6) certificate in Missouri. This option does NOT include a master's degree. Individuals who have already earned a Master's Degree and now wish to add this certification, or who are interested in eventually pursuing a Master's Degree in another field may consider this option.  

What courses will you need to take:

For information on the coursework required in this program, you can view the Elementary Math Specialist Academic Program Guide.   

How do you apply for the Post-Bac program?  

Getting started couldn't be easier!  Just go to our Application Process website and follow the detailed instructions on that page.

For More Information: 

If you have questions or would like more information regarding the Post-Bac Elementary Math Specialist program, please contact the Teacher Certification Office at 417-836-8772.