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Elementary Mathematics Specialist (K-8) Specialization/Certificate

Application Requirements


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Steps in applying to EMS (K-8) Specialization program:

  1. Apply to be a WOU graduate student ($60 fee)
  2. Meet an advisor and complete Specialization contract

Re-enrollment or Non-Admit Policy:

Graduate students who have previously completed a program at Western Oregon University may be eligible to re-enroll as a graduate student by completing the re-enrollment application. There is a $15 fee associated with this application and EMS (K-8) advisor approval is required via signature on the form.

Students receiving non-admit credit for their Math courses may complete no more than 15 credits of non-admit graduate coursework to be applied to their EMS (K-8) specialization. If you have any questions in regards to either of these policies, please contact the graduate programs office at

Deadlines and key dates:

You may apply to the program any term.

Detailed application requirements:

  1. Apply for WOU Graduate admission:
  • Complete WOU Application for Graduate Admission online.
  • $60 application fee
  • Evidence of completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent) from regionally accredited institution as defined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree. If the applicant’s cumulative GPA is below 3.00, but a calculation using the last 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits) of graded course work is 3.0 or higher, the latter will be used as the basis for admission. Applicants who hold a master’s degree will have the 3.0 GPA requirement waived.
  • GPA requirement: Students with less than 3.0 can also provide passing MAT/GRE scores to be fully admitted. A student who has an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99 can be admitted conditionally for the first 9 credit hours. Students can Petition for Conditional Admission via the petition located on the graduate office website. *Conditionally admitted students will not be able to receive financial aid until they become fully admitted students and a program plan is on file.
  1. Apply for EMS (K-8) Specialization/Certificate program admission:
  • For previous or current WOU students see here for information on accessing Tk20.
  • For new WOU students see here for information on accessing Tk20.
  • If you need any assistance with Tk20 please email Olivia Flores, Program Assistant (


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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