Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Intervention Specialist Teacher (Middle Years)

Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) is a research based intervention program developed by Dr Ann Gervasoni. It has been shown to improve children’s knowledge and confidence with mathematics. The program offers intensive learning opportunities for students who are experiencing difficulty  in  learning mathematics in the early years and beyond. It provides professional learning that offers individual or groups of teachers’ expertise and leadership in mathematical learning.

Underpinning the program is an accreditation process that ensures that all involved maintain ongoing learning in this essential curriculum area and have the expertise to deliver professional learning to their colleagues, and work within a whole school approach to improving learning  and teaching  for all.

This program involves field-based learning and a six day spaced learning program. The field-based learning component involves teachers planning and implementing an EMU Program (5 x 45 minute sessions per week) throughout the year. The six day program involves 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 program.

Topics covered

  • 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, & reasoning strategies.
  • Rational number learning and misconceptions (including fractions and decimals).
  • The new 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 spatial reasoning 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.

Course length

Six days of six hours 9am - 3.30pm


$2,050.00 (incl. GST)
This includes all program materials and catering (morning tea and light lunch).

Dates and venue

  • Course starting on 20 June 2019:
    • 20 June (Thursday)
      21 June (Friday)
      1 August (Thursday)
      2 August (Friday)
      12 September (Thursday)
      1 November (Friday)
    • 9am - 3:30pm
    • Clayton Campus

Application form

To register for this program, please download and complete:

Application form (pdf) or Application form (docx)


  • Minimum qualification of BEd degree or equivalent, with at least two years teaching experience, and be highly effective maths teachers with potential for professional leadership.
  • Participants should be familiar with and have a working knowledge of the Mathematics Assessment Interview (formerly the Early Years Numeracy Interview).
  • Completion of the Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Prep – Year 2 Specialist Teacher Program.


Upon completion of all aspects of the program participants will receive a certificate and Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) accreditation.

Participants who complete this program are not required to complete the Ongoing Professional Learning (2 day) program.