Elementary Mathematics Add-On Licensure

In November 2009, the North Carolina State Board Of Education approved an Elementary Mathematics Add-on License (EMAoL) for teachers holding an Elementary Education license. This licensure is a coordinated effort between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the University of North Carolina System (UNCGA), with statewide LEA representation, and university faculty representation from colleges of education and arts and science. A UNCGA task force, including sixteen faculty members from eight universities and three K-5 mathematics specialists, designed, developed, and implemented an online graduate-level program of study (six courses) focused on the mathematical knowledge needed for successfully teaching mathematics at the elementary level.

At UNCW, students pursuing the M.Ed. in Elementary Education may apply all 18 hours toward their degree program. Courses at UNCW which contribute to the math add-on license are delivered through a blend of online experiences (both synchronous and asynchronous).

Each of the six courses in the EMAoL Program of Study is distinguished by a focus on a high-leverage teaching practice, a primary area of mathematics necessary for successfully teaching elementary school mathematics and a secondary area of mathematical content. The primary content area provides the context for exemplifying the high-leverage teaching practice. The secondary content area demonstrates the transfer of the high-leverage teaching practice to other content strands. For example, understanding and applying knowledge of learning trajectories is not limited to the development of rational numbers and their operations, but can be applied equally well to other areas of mathematics, such as measurement.

High-Leverage Mathematics
Teaching Practices

Mathematical Content

Selecting, Designing, and Using Mathematical Tasks

Primary (80%): Whole Number Place Value & Operations
Secondary (20%): Number Theory and Rational Numbers

Understanding and Applying Knowledge of Learning Trajectories

Primary (80%): Rational Numbers and Operations
Secondary (20%): Measurement

Orchestrating Classroom Interactions

Primary (60%): Measurement
Secondary (40%): Data Analysis

Fostering Reasoning through Discourse and Questioning

Primary (80%): Algebraic Reasoning
Secondary (20%): Number Systems & Operations

Assessing Student Knowledge (Diagnosis and Intervention)

Primary (80%): Spatial Orientation And Visualization
Secondary (20%): Early Number Concepts

Helping Teachers Develop as School-based Leaders

Primary (80%): Mathematical Modeling
Secondary (20%): Connecting, Relearning, and Integrating Content


For additional information on getting started in the program, please contact Dr. Shelby Morge (morges@uncw.edu or 910-962-7501) or Dr. Katie Schlichting (schlichtingk@uncw.edu or 910-962-7786).

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