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Elementary Mathematics Specialist (K-8) Specialization/Certificate

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You can earn:

  • An Elementary Mathematics Specialization (K-8) that meets the Oregon Elementary Math Specialist (EMS) standards for the TSPC Specialization.
    • To receive the specialization from TSPC requires
      • 24 credits of EMS coursework (eight WOU courses)
      • Passing score on the commission-approved multiple subjects exam
      • 3 years of teaching experience
    • A WOU EMS Graduate Certificate
    • Washington PESB EMS Endorsement

To begin, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Valid Oregon teaching License to apply for a TSPC EMS (K-8) Specialization

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Where you will take classes:

  • Online
    • fall, winter, spring, and summer terms

Where this EMS (K-8) Specialization can take you:

What you will learn:

Elementary Mathematics Specialist (K-8) students will:

  • Know and deeply understand the K-8 Common Core Standards for Mathematics
  • Develop their mathematical pedagogical knowledge
  • Be prepared to take on collegial non-evaluative mathematics leadership roles within their schools and districts
  • Have a broad view of many aspects and resources needed to support and facilitate effective mathematics instruction and professional growth for themselves and their colleagues

Your plan of study:

Once admitted to the EMS (K-8) Specialization/Certificate Program, you will work with an advisor to plan the courses you will take and how you will complete the academic requirements of the program. By filing this Program Plan (PDF form), you will have a road map for completing your degree and clarity on what to expect.


If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Dr. Rachel Harrington- phone: 503-838-8831

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"I get to live out my passion as a designer of professional learning for The Math Learning Center, a role suited to my passion for helping teachers and students discover a love for mathematics. I've served as a K-8 teacher, instructional coach, math intervention specialist and testing coordinator in Baltimore, Syracuse, and Portland."

Vi Tamargo
Elementary Math Specialist

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