Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) – Early Years (Prep to Year 2) Intervention Specialist Teacher course

What is Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU)?

Developed by Associate Professor Ann Gervasoni of Monash University, EMU is a research-based intervention approach that has been shown to improve students’ knowledge and confidence with mathematics. EMU offers intensive learning opportunities for students who are currently struggling, including a small group intervention led by a Specialist Teacher. The EMU Specialist Teacher courses provide professional learning for teachers to develop their expertise and leadership in mathematics. Underpinning the program is an accreditation process that ensures that EMU specialist teachers maintain ongoing learning in this essential curriculum area, have the expertise to deliver professional learning to colleagues, and work within a whole school approach to improving learning and teaching for all.

EMU Intervention Specialist Teacher course – Early Years

This course educates EMU Specialist teachers to work with students in the early years of schooling. It involves field-based learning and a six-day spaced learning program. The field-based learning involves teachers planning and implementing an EMU Intervention Program (5 x 45-minute sessions per week) throughout the year. The course includes workshops, data analysis and reviewing video excerpts simulating ‘behind-the-screen sessions’. Professional interaction, critical reflection, associated discussion and professional reading are important aspects of the course.

Topics you will cover

  • understanding the distinctive nature of learning mathematics for low-attaining students
  • using data from the Mathematics Assessment Interview to identify students who are low- attaining and to prioritise children for placement in an intervention program
  • diagnosing individual learning needs
  • ongoing monitoring and assessment of mathematical learning
  • planning and implementing an EMU program
  • understanding the nature of number growth point barriers and the nature of learning required to move beyond these barriers
  • strategies for accelerating the learning of underperforming students in counting, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • the role of children’s confidence and attitude in learning mathematics
  • the role of metacognition and reflection in learning
  • the role of families and communities in enhancing mathematical learning.


Six days, 9.00am – 3.30pm


$2460 (incl GST)

When and where

*2022 program has sold out. Please email edu.pdp@monash.edu to join the waitlist*

9.00am to 3.30pm each day
Clayton campus 

Day 1 - Thursday 3 March 2022
Day 2 - Friday 4 March 2022
Day 3 - Thursday 24 March 2022
Day 4 - Friday 25 March 2022
Day 5 - Friday 3 June 2022
Day 6 - Friday 26 August 2022



  • A minimum qualification of BEd degree or equivalent and you must be a highly effective mathematics teacher with potential for professional leadership.
  • You should be familiar with, and have a working knowledge of, the Mathematics Assessment Interview (also known as the Mathematics Online Interview and the Early Years Numeracy Interview).
  • You must have the support of your principal to deliver the program in your school and agreement for 5 x 45 minutes each week to complete the field based learning component (30 minutes face to face plus 15 minutes preparation and evaluation).


This course references the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

For successful course completion, you must participate in all six professional learning days and conduct the EMU Program daily throughout the year for a minimum of 10 weeks (25 hours), but ideally for 20 weeks or more. You must also complete two EMU ongoing professional learning days annually to maintain EMU Specialist accreditation.

Upon completion of all aspects of the program, you will receive a certificate and Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Early Years accreditation from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.