Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) – Middle Years (Years 3 to 6) 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 – Middle Years

This course educates EMU specialist teachers to work with students in the middle 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.

Two Pathways for Qualifying as an EMU Specialist Teacher

From 2020, we are introducing a new pathway to qualify as an EMU Middle Years Specialist Teacher. Teachers may be accepted for the course if they meet the entry requirements of either pathway.

Pathway 1: Successful completion of the EMU Early Years Specialist Teacher course.

Pathway 2: Your school has a qualified EMU Specialist Teacher who is implementing the EMU Program in 2020 and agrees to be your mentor.
This pathway requires completion of a series of online learning tasks to prepare for the EMU Middle Years Specialist Teacher course.

Topics you will cover

  • the role of specialised mathematics programs in the middle years of schooling
  • components of the EMU Middle Years Program structure and implementation
  • using growth points to identify students in the middle years who are vulnerable in learning mathematics
  • prioritising students for participation in a specialised mathematics program
  • whole number learning in the middle years: multi digit numbers and algorithms, and reasoning strategies
  • rational number learning and misconceptions (including fractions and decimals)
  • the EMU Assessment Interview and activities and strategies to enhance rational number learning
  • understanding difficult growth point transitions for students in the middle years in whole number
  • strategies to enhance the development of reasoning strategies including empty number lines
  • using open tasks, effective questioning and investigations to enhance mathematical learning
  • measurement and geometry as contexts for learning and using number
  • strategies for the ongoing monitoring and assessment of students who are vulnerable
  • mathematics leadership, professional learning and working with the school team
  • analysing students’ learning: Behind the Screen.


Six days, 9.00am – 3.30pm


Please contact us for further information on course fees.

When and where

This course is not available in 2022.


Please contact us via the enquire online button to express an interest in a future delivery of this course.


  • A minimum qualification of BEd degree or equivalent, with at least two years teaching experience, 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 completed the Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Early Years (Prep to Year 2) Specialist Teacher course, OR
  • Your school must be implementing the EMU Early Years Program in 2020, have an EMU Mentor teacher to support you during the course, and you must agree to complete a series of online learning tasks to prepare for the EMU Middle Years Specialist Teacher course.


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) Middle Years accreditation from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

Accredited EMU Specialist teachers who complete this program are not required to complete the Ongoing Professional Learning program for the applicable year.