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Elementary Math Instructional Leader Certification

McDaniel’s Elementary Math Instructional Leader program is designed for practicing elementary or early childhood educators who seek positions as mathematics instructional leaders or specialists at the elementary school level.

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About The Program

McDaniel College’s Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader (EMIL) program was the first Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved program for PreK–6 Mathematics Instructional Leader certification. It was developed as a partnership between McDaniel College’s Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project (EMS&TL) and supported by the Brookhill Foundation.

Why McDaniel for Elementary Math Instructional Leaders

Key features of the EMIL program include:

  • Connect with other mathematics specialists – locally and regionally
  • Interact with the Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project (EMS&TL)
  • Complete an internship focusing on the role of the mathematics specialist/instructional leader
  • Balances full-time faculty with adjunct instructors who draw course content from best practices in the classroom.
  • Convenient schedules to fit your busy schedule
  • Highly competitive tuition

Requirements for Elementary Math Instructional Leader Certification

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must submit:

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Three official letters of recommendation
  • Passing Praxis II scores
  • Initial Certification in elementary or early childhood education with 27 months of successful teaching experience (Note: Your 27 months of experience must be completed by the end of the program)

MSDE Certification Requirements

To qualify for certification by the Maryland State Department of Education, you must:

  • Hold a valid, professional certificate;
  • Complete a minimum of 21 semester hours of post-baccalaureate credit, or Department-approved Continuing Professional Development credits, which include the following areas:
    • Content knowledge for teaching mathematics, including numbers and operations, algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability
    • Pedagogical knowledge for teaching mathematics, including learners and learning, teaching, curriculum, and assessment
    • Leadership knowledge and skills
    • At least 3 semester hours or the equivalent in a supervised practicum or school-based internship in which the applicant works with a range of students in grades PreK—6 and adult learners in a variety of professional development settings; and
  • Present verification of 27 months of satisfactory teaching experience including mathematics

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Extend Your MSDE Certification Sequence

Students who complete the program can extend the MSDE certification sequence into an M.S. in Elementary Education with three additional courses and a thesis (10 additional credits beyond certification).

Certification and Reputation

McDaniel’s Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader (EMIL) program has been evaluated at the state and national level to ensure you’ll get great value and lasting degree equity. Our program is:

  • Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • “Nationally Recognized”—a status granted by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
  • Approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Higher Education Council (MHEC)
  • Aligned to the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards and the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL)

Advancing Your Career

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be qualified for the following career paths:

  • Elementary level Mathematics Instructional Leader
  • Elementary Math Specialist
  • Elementary Math Curriculum Specialist