Become a Mathematics Specialist and Interventionist

Become a math specialist with focused competencies using math assessments, interventions and math games.

No travel to campus required. All courses are online.

What is the prerequisite?

Completion of a bachelor's degree and a teaching license from an accredited institution

How long is a course?

6 to 8 weeks


  1. EDUC 648 Math Assessment for RTI (2 credits)
    Fall: October 8 - November 16, 2018

  2. Choose One
    EDUC 659 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math (gr.6-8) (3 credits)
    Fall: October 15 - December 14, 2018
    EDUC 661 Advanced Trends and Issues in PK-5 Mathematics Teaching (3 credits)
    Fall: October 15 - December 14, 2018

  3. EDUC 662 Leadership for Math Specialists (3 credits)
    Fall: October 1 - November 30, 2018

  4. EDUC 663 Mathematics Specialist Field Experience  (2 credits)
    Prerequisite: EDUC 662
    Fall: September 17 - November 30, 2018

Tuition for Online Courses

How much will it cost?

  • $441 per semester hour graduate credit ($882 for a two-credit course, $1,323 for a three-credit course)
  • If you complete all four courses before September 1, 2019, the total cost of the four courses is $4,410. Tuition is due per course, not the entire cost at the beginning.
  • Most teachers prefer to take one course per term if they are teaching full-time or possibly two courses during the summer.
  • It's possible to skip a semester or two between courses and complete the certificate in 2 years if that works better than taking the classes back to back in the spring, summer, and fall.
  • Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.
  • No registration fee and no program application fee

Tuition Due Dates

Is financial aid available?

You may qualify for financial assistance if you are accepted in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program and registered for a minimum of five credits per semester.

UW-Stout Office of Financial Aid

Stout University Foundation sponsors scholarships for graduate students

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When can I start?

Register now to reserve a spot for summer and fall 2018.

Complete the Online Registration Request Form

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There is no registration fee to reserve a class.

When is the registration deadline?

This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date.

Registration is available until each session is filled or five business days before the course begins.

Who Should Enroll

The courses are designed for educators interested in a graduate certificate professional development program, not a mathematics teaching license/certification.

Our students include:

  • Title I math teachers
  • Math interventionists
  • Elementary and middle school math teachers
  • Mathematics coaches
  • Mathematics resource teachers
  • Lead math teachers
  • Special education teachers

Will the course credits apply to a Master's degree?

Yes, only 7 additional classes are required to obtain your Master of Science in Education graduate degree.

Do I need to apply for admission to the graduate program?

No, you do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university unless you are beginning the Master of Science in Education graduate degree at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

May I enroll in the math specialist courses if I have already completed a Master's degree?

Yes, you may enroll in the courses to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • a continuing education refresher course
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits to apply for salary advancement
  • transfer to another university.

Math Specialist Job Opportunities

Upon completion of the program, elementary and middle school educators will be able to

  • Provide intervention and diagnosis in school mathematics.
  • Evaluate math intervention programs to determine effectiveness and appropriateness for specific contexts.
  • Implement formative and summative assessment and diagnostic assessments in mathematics.
  • Analyze reform-based issues in mathematics education.
  • Evaluate instructional strategies for intervention, remediation, enrichment and acceleration issues in mathematics.
  • Design mathematics professional development activities to achieve specific goals and purposes.
  • Develop opportunities to teach math in context to establish relevancy for students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

Questions about Math Specialist Online Courses

May I enroll in one course, such as Math Assessment for RtI or Advanced Trends in PK-5 Math, without taking the other courses?

Yes, you may enroll in any course to renew a teaching license, for salary lane advancement, personal professional development and continuing education.

It is possible to skip a term or two between courses if that works better than taking the courses back to back.

Will I receive a certificate document to include with my resume?

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Upon completion of the four courses with a 3.0 GPA or higher and passing the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Mathematics (5732) with a qualifying score of 150, each student is mailed a signed certificate with the University of Wisconsin-Stout official seal titled "Graduate Certificate for Math Specialist."

Praxis Test Centers and Dates

If you have previously completed Praxis (5732) or Praxis (5161/0061) or Praxis (5169/0069) with a qualifying score of 150, you may submit that documentation and are not required to retake the test.

You may also request an official University of Wisconsin-Stout transcript documenting the ten graduate credits.

How will a graduate certificate help me?

  • Add your certificate to your resume and LinkedIn profile
  • Demonstrate you are acquiring new skills and knowledge
  • Use your online portfolio to showcase your skills to employers
  • Return later and apply the credits as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program

"... for students balancing the jobs they must have with the advanced education they desire – a situation faced by most students today – completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."
~ The Certificate Solution

How will I create an ePortfolio?

Students may use Weebly, Google Sites, WordPress or another method to showcase their skills and knowledge. The ePortfolio is a major asset during job searches. 

Is the course open to international students?

Students from 23 different countries have enrolled in the online program.

Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Department of Defense staff, veterans, military service members, and retired military working at the graduate level are encouraged to enroll. UW-Stout was selected as a Military Friendly School, and this honor places us in the top 15 percent of all schools nationwide.

Contact our Veteran Services staff with questions about educational benefits.

Program Benefits

  • 100% online courses
  • Apply skills to instruction and professional development
  • Focus on real-world math education projects
  • Taught by experienced math educators
  • Credits may apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA) and the  United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

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University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-642-0209

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Our Students Say...

"I learned things I was able to put to immediate use in my classroom, as well as the theory behind those techniques. We will all be better teachers because of these courses."

"The relevant readings and the websites and software I was introduced to are so useful in enhancing my math class. Many times I found myself thinking of the topic in a way I hadn't before."

"I'm a new teacher, and I learned many new useful ideas from teachers who have been in the profession for years."


"It was a nice mix of educators from elementary to high school. The overall online class environment was supportive and nurturing."

"It was so rewarding to work with teachers from all over the world."

"Creating usable, meaningful projects that are interdisciplinary and aligned with the standards." 

"The practical application of the lessons activities was useful."

 "It was helpful to share our ideas and projects with class members - we can adapt them for use in our classrooms (with permission, of course)."

"This program forced me to look at math in a better way than simply the drill and quiz method. I found it very enlightening and helpful!"




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