Timothy Boerst

Clinical Professor; Chair of Elementary Teacher Education

Timothy  Boerst, School of Education

Tim Boerst is professor of clinical practice at the University of Michigan School of Education, where he serves as chair of the Elementary Teacher Education Program. The aim of his work is to support the development, and appraise the progress, of beginning teachers who are pedagogically skilled, subject matter serious, and professionally committed to the learning of every student.

At the School of Education, Boerst has been heavily involved in the redesign of the Elementary Teacher Education programs, first serving as coordinator of settings for teaching learning in the Teacher Education Initiative, later serving as assessment coordinator for Elementary Teacher Education programs. He studies teacher preparation and professional development through engagement in program design, teaching mathematics methods courses, and leading projects funded by NSF and IES focused on the development of professional development materials and the assessment of teaching practice. He currently serves on the board of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and on the Certification Council of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Prior to taking a position at U-M, Boerst taught in elementary classrooms for 15 years. His early teaching happened in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he taught at a National Blue Ribbon Award-winning school. Later, he earned and renewed National Board Certification as a middle childhood generalist teaching in Redford, Michigan (a suburb just west of Detroit). While teaching, he held multiple leadership positions in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. For five years, Boerst engaged as a practitioner scholar with the Center for Proficiency in Teaching Mathematics and the Carnegie Foundation, blending daily classroom teaching, research on practice, and work as a mathematics teacher educator.

Boerst earned a PhD in teacher education and a master’s in mathematics education from U-M. In 2012, he received the Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, Service, and Scholarship from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Administrative Responsibilities

Timothy is chair of the Elementary Teacher Education program.

Boerst teaches courses in the following program(s):
Elementary Teacher Education
Elementary Teacher Education (ELMAC)
Mathematics Education






10/1/2015 - ongoing Investigating Relationships Between Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching and High-Leverage Teaching Practices
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

9/1/2015 - ongoing Strengthening the Quality, Design and Usability of Simulations as Assessments of Teaching Practice
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

9/1/2011 - ongoing Developing Teaching Expertise in K-5 Mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

10/1/2013 - 9/30/2015 Investigating simulations of teaching practice: Assessing readiness to teach elementary mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

7/1/2010 - 1/7/2013 Developing Mathematics Teaching through Focused Collaborative Assessment of Practice
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences

7/1/2006 - 1/1/2012 Developing an Integrative Assessment System for Elementary Teacher Education
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/9/2008 - 1/9/2011 Developing Modules for the Preparation of Elementary Mathematics Specialists
Granting Agency: Cisco Learning Institute


Room 1221 A
734.615.9048 tboerst@umich.edu