Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization (MIAA) and Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist (MILS) Credential

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has posted an informative leaflet about the MIAA and MILS Credential HERE. In addition, CAMTE's Elementary Mathematics Specialist Credential Committee has created a template that can be used to assist programs in developing an MIAA program. Click here to download this template.

In addition, CAMTE's Elementary Mathematics Specialist Credential Committee has created templates that can be used to assist programs in developing MIAA and MILS programs. Use the following links to download these templates: MIAAtemplate1.pdf    MILS template final.pdf 

Mathematics Specialist Credential Session at CMC-N 2011 Conference

Shuhua An (CSU Long Beach) and Nadine Bezuk (San Diego State University) chaired a session on the MIAA and MILS Credential at the CMC-N conference on 3 December 2011. This session was followed by a working session over lunch. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation file from this session. Click here to download the session agenda. Results from a survey of CSU faculty members and CAMTE members were shared (click here to view the survey items).

During the session, Shuhua shared a sample template for designing MIAA/MILS programs (click here to download), as well as a chart for aligning an existing master's program and the MIAA standards (click here to download).
To download San Diego State University's planned coursework for an MIAA, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with a concentration in Mathematics Education, click here.

Click here to download the notes from this session.

Update on New Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization (MIAA) and Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist (MILS) Credential

At its meeting on 28 January 2011, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing heard from Commission staff regarding proposed amendments and additions to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations pertaining to (a) the Mathematics Instructional Added Authorization (MIAA) and (b) the Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist (MILS) Credential. Proposed changes include updating the title, requirements, and instructional authorizations for the MILS Credential (originally the Mathematics Specialist Instruction Credential) and adding regulations and authorizations for the MIAA.

Each of these two new authorizations would allow the holder to teach mathematics in grades K-12 up to and including either pre-Algebra or Algebra I. The level would depend on the program candidate's assessed level of mathematics content knowledge. A MILS Credential would require that the applicant possess a MIAA. For more details, view the Program Standards for the MIAA and the MILS Credential at

Since this was simply an information item at the January Commission meeting, action on the proposed regulations was not taken. An action item is expected to be presented at the March Commission meeting. Visit to view theproposed regulations for the MIAA, and visit to view the proposed regulations for the MILS. A recording of this agenda item is available at

On 2 February 2011, the Commission released a Program Sponsor Alert (PSA 11-05; to provide information for institutions interested in offering a MIAA or a MILS Credential:

This notice is to alert all interested parties that on September 30, 2010, the Commission approved revised standards for the Mathematics Specialist Credential and established standards for a Mathematics Instructional Certificate. In addition, a new name was proposed for the Mathematics Specialist Credential to become the Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist Credential. Included in this PSA are the links to the adopted standards, the Handbook for Teacher Educators, and a link to the Teaching Mathematics Advisory Panel (TMAP) website...

Program Standards

Program Standards Handbook

Teaching Mathematics Advisory Panel (TMAP) Website

Until the regulations are approved, no MIAA and MILS credentials may be issued. However, Commission staff can be consulted by institutions wishing to develop a MIAA or a MILS credential program. Contact Terry Janicki at or Rebecca Parker at

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Adopts New Mathematics Teaching Authorizations

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At its meeting on 30 September 2010, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) unanimously approved a motion to adopt proposed preconditions and program standards for (a) theMathematics Instructional Certificate (MIC) and (b) the Mathematics Instructional Leadership (MIL) Specialist Credential. These additional authorizations were developed because "there is a pressing need to provide additional support to teachers by increasing access to mathematics teaching expertise on a consistent basis, especially at the elementary and middle grades levels. The [Teaching Mathematics Advisory Panel] felt that access to expertise in mathematics would best be accomplished by updating the former mathematics specialist credential program standards so that more mathematics specialists could be available statewide to support classroom teachers" (from Agenda Item 2B).

In addition, "to place more emphasis on developing the mathematics knowledge of multiple subject teachers, the panel developed draft language for a mathematics-specific teacher preparation program standard. The standard describes the critical mathematics content knowledge, specialized content knowledge for teaching mathematics, and mathematics pedagogical skills that multiple subject credential holders must have to be effective early teachers of mathematics...Since this recommendation, along with recommendations relating to the teaching of English learners, impacts the Multiple and Single Subject program standards as a whole and has implications for the unit limitation, this standard will be brought separately to the Commission for consideration." See Appendix E of Agenda Item 2B ( for the draft language of the proposed new standard.

CTC's Terry Janicki presented this agenda item and began his presentation by thanking the members of the Teaching Mathematics Advisory Panel for their dedicated service over the past 1.5 years. COMET readers are encouraged to view the archived video of the discussion of this agenda item, which includes comments and questions by commissions as well as public comment from a representative of the California Teachers Association. This agenda item appears at time marker 0:40:13 and runs until 1:18:16 (

Excerpts from Agenda Item 2B follow below:

Mathematics Instruction Certificate (MIC): K-Pre-Algebra and K-Algebra I

Candidates with the prerequisite teaching credential [and at least three years of teaching experience] may pursue either of two authorizations through a MIC program, depending on the mathematics content knowledge of the candidate and the authorization desired:

(1) The MIC (K-Pre-Algebra) would apply to candidates who can document mastery of mathematics knowledge, as organized in the California mathematics content standards, from Kindergarten through Algebra I. [This authorization would permit holders to teach mathematics in Kindergarten through Pre-algebra in departmentalized settings.]

(2) The MIC (K-Algebra I) would apply to candidates whose mathematics knowledge includes mastery of the California mathematics content standards from Kindergarten through Algebra I, II, and Geometry. [This authorization would permit the teaching of mathematics in Kindergarten through Algebra I in departmentalized settings.]... The program standards that provide guidance to program sponsors interested in providing preparation for the Mathematics Instruction Certificate are provided in Appendix C (

Mathematics Instructional Leadership (MIL) Specialist Credential

Individuals must complete the Mathematics Instruction Certificate program before they would be eligible for the MIL Specialist credential as this credential is built upon the MIC. The proposed new MIL Specialist credential would provide experienced teachers the skills required to:
- promote more effective teaching and learning of mathematics PreK-12
- provide the leadership and a vision for mathematics instruction for schools, districts, and county offices
- fulfill a need in the field for a cadre of mathematics teacher leaders who can connect content level and coaching expertise with school, district, and/or county leadership

Programs preparing MIL Specialist credential candidates would include advanced preparation and fieldwork in:
- effectively connecting action research and mentoring/coaching skills with theoretical research to bridge the theory and practice divide in mathematics teaching and learning
- designing and implementing a school and/or district professional development system that involves teachers and administrators in working collaboratively to increase student engagement and learning in mathematics
- analyzing and using student, school, district, county, state, and college/university data to inform school and district program design to increase the number of students who are college-ready and to reverse the pervasive achievement gap
- leading a professional community of practice

The draft program standards for the proposed MIL Specialist credential appear in Appendix D (

Next Steps

... Staff will develop a standards handbook and disseminate the preconditions and standards [for the MIC and the MIL Specialist Credential] to all institutions via a Program Sponsor Alert and the Commission website. These will include a timeline for transition and implementation and a date on which technical assistance will be provided via webcast. In addition, following the approval of the standards, the Commission will start the Title 5 regulatory process and present an information item [at a later CTC meeting] with proposed regulations for the Mathematics Instructional Certificate and Mathematics Instructional Leadership Specialist credential.

Related Press Release:
Commission Adopts New Credentials Aimed At Improving Student Math Skills
: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing