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Elementary Mathematics Specialist Program at UIC

Three teachers engaged in a workshop

Join our Fall 2024 Cohort!

We are opening a Fall 2024 Cohort. Enrollment opens in June.

For more information, contact Kathleen Pitvorec at:

  • What is the program?

    The EMS Program is a series of 5 semester-long courses. These courses prepare teachers for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement that can be added to your Professional Educator’s License (PEL).

    Cohorts of teachers engage in this sequence of courses designed to develop mathematical and pedagogical content knowledge for teachers in grades 1­–6, and to expand their tools and skills to become math teacher leaders in their schools.

    These courses are open to teachers with a PEL and at least one complete year of teaching experience. Please contact Kathleen Pitvorec at to see if you qualify.

  • How are teachers empowered?

    Math Specialists not only are better prepared to provide high-quality mathematics instruction to students, but they are also better prepared to support their colleagues in improving mathematics instruction.