Developing Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders in Oregon


Q What does it mean to get an EMIL specialization on my teaching license? Does it mean I can now teach middle school or high school math?

A The EMIL specialization shows prospective employers that you have satisfied a rigorous course of study approved by the TSPC that uniquely qualifies you to be an Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader. It does not take the place of a basic or advanced mathematics endorsement so it does not give you credentials to teach any classes you cannot already teach now.
In the same way that we have had reading specialist in many buildings, some districts now have positions for mathematics specialists.  The job description for these positions varies by district. 

However, this is a TSPC approved specialization and will appear on your licence documents.    

Q If I apply for the grant scholarship, do I still have to apply for admission to Western Oregon University’s (WOU) graduate program and the Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader (EMIL) Program?

A Yes. Awardees of the grant will have to meet the entrance requirements for WOUs graduate program and fill out the paperwork to begin the EMIL program (which is in addition to the DEMILO application). If selected to participate in DEMILO, awardees would then be expected to apply to WOUs graduate program and EMIL program. Scholarships will not be formally awarded until the applicant is accepted into the graduate school at WOU. Once notified of being accepted into the DEMILO program, applicants must complete the WOU application, providing official transcripts from all institutions of higher education where you completed coursework, and be accepted into their program. Information on WOU’s graduate admission requirements can be found at

Q How many and what courses are associated with the EMIL program?

A There are a total of 8 courses (24 credits) in the EMIL program. A list of courses and descriptions of each can be found here:

Q What costs are covered by the grant scholarships and what will I be expected to pay?

A Project DEMILO will pay for 18 of the 24 credits associated WOUs EMIL program. Participants will be expected to pay for 6 credits (two classes). WOU vouchers can be used to pay for these classes or participants may take advantage of any tuition reimbursement program their district may have. Participants will be expected to pay for at least one of their first three classes. The second class must be paid for by the end of the sixth class in the EMIL program.

Q Can teachers taking the DEMILO courses use their WOU vouchers or tuition reimbursement plans to pay for the six credits not included in the Grant scholarship? 

A Yes, WOU changed their policy to allow vouchers to be used for online classes. Tuition reimbursement plans offered by your district may also be used.

Q Are there costs associated with applying to the WOU graduate school and EMIL program?

A Yes. There is a $60 non-refundable application fee to the WOU graduate school. In addition there is a $300 matriculation fee which must be paid before the end of the first week of the first class. The grant will pay for $250 of the $300 matriculation fee.

Q I’ve already enrolled in a different program as a graduate student at WOU. Do I still need to pay the $60 application fee and the matriculation fee?

A If you have been a graduate student at WOU in the past and have already paid the $300 matriculation fee, you do not have to pay it again. If you have been admitted to a graduate program and paid the $60 application fee, then as long as you have taken at least one class in the past year, you do not have to pay the fee again. However, if you have been an inactive student for more than a year, you will have to pay a $20 re-enrollment fee.

Q I want to get my Master of Science degree. Can any of the EMIL classes be used to fulfill requirements for a Master’s degree?

A Yes. At WOU, the EMIL classes can be used as the content core for the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree. The EMIL courses would comprise 24 of the required 45 credits.
Q Besides taking the courses in WOUs EMIL program, is there anything else I have to do before receiving the TSPC EMIL specialization on my teaching license?

A Yes.  WOU’s program has been approved by TSPC. This means that the content and practicum requirements in TSPC’s EMIL requirements will be covered by the classes. In addition, TSPC requires 3 years of teaching and a passing score the TSPC approved multiple-subjects exam. For complete information on TSPCs requirements see:
(The WOU EMIL program satisfies items 2(cAB), 3, and 4.)

Q Are all EMIL courses online?

A Yes, all EMIL courses will be offered through WOU in an online format.

Q Do I have to take a class every term?

A Yes.  Grant scholarship awardees will be expected to take a class each term, including summer. There may be special circumstances (e.g. birth of a child) which prevent you from taking a class some particular term. Classes can be made up in other terms, or, if time does not permit, you will have to complete the program after the grant without grant support. The grant period ends September 30, 2017.

Q Do I have to take more than one class per term?

A One class is taken per term with the exception of ED 637 and ED 609: Leadership practicum I and II. These classes are taken concurrently - they fit together nicely and it is to your advantage to take them together. 

Q Can I take more than one class per term if I wish (besides the ED 673 and ED 609)?

A No, only one EMIL course is planned for each cohort per term except for ED 673 and ED 609. Upon being granted an award you will be provided with a program plan with prescribed classes to take each term. If for some legitimate reason you must miss a class one term, you may be able to double up on classes another term; however the grant is organized by cohorts and you must take the classes open to your cohort as best as possible.  In addition, the courses in this program are not offered every term.  If you miss a class, you might have to wait for another year before it is offered again.

Q Does Project DEMILO require any other commitment of my time other than the course work?

A Yes, there are three additional types of commitments DEMILO participants must make:
  1. Participants will be expected to take part in on-line cohort meetings via a videoconferencing technology. These meetings may occur 1-3 times per term and are designed to help mentor you through the program and provide you with relevant professional development and networking opportunities.

  2. Participants will be expected to attend a one-day summer workshop during each of the grant years (Summers 2015, 2016, and 2017). Each workshop will be offered in the Willamette Valley and on the Oregon Coast so participants can choose which location works best for them. Stipends for food and travel will be provided for attending these events.

  3. Each participant will work with a district administrator (principal, superintendent or other supervisor) to create a leadership plan. This plan is in addition to your leadership practicum and is intended to ensure that your new leadership skills will persist in an organized way beyond the life of the grant.
Q Will there be assessment activities associated with DEMILO for myself or my students?

A Yes, evaluation is important to DEMILO because it is funded through Improving Teacher Quality, Title II federal dollars. The intent of the funds are to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. 

DEMILO participants will be asked to provide common formative assessments they are using for 2014-2015 to assist in the baseline data DEMILO school districts will utilize as they transition from OAKS to Smarter Balance.

DEMILO participants will be asked to provide information about their perceptions of the DEMILO requirements through evaluations, surveys, observations, and the online Professional Learning Communities experience. 

DEMILO participants will be asked to assess the DEMILO website and resources to provide improvement input.
DEMILO participants will be assessed on AMTE Standards for Elementary Math Specialists, NCATE/NCTM Standards for Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Leadership Plan/Implementation competencies.

Q How much time per week should I expect to spend on my online coursework?

A Each course is a 3 credit graduate class. A general rule of thumb is that you need to spend 3-4 hours per week per credit or 9-12 hours per week for a class offered during the regular term. Summer classes are compressed to four weeks so you should expect to spend at least a few hours each day during the summer.

Q Will I have to log in at specific times for the online courses?

A No, the courses are set up so you can work at your own pace. Assignments are posted well before their due date to allow for flexibility for you to set up time to do your work that fits with your schedule. It is advised you set aside multiple times each week to work and do not hesitate to email your instructor if you have any questions. Summer classes, however move at a much faster pace.

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