Become a Math Teacher in Washington State

Jul 03, 2020

The state of Washington endorses teachers in mathematics, enabling them to teach grades 4-12 depending on their interest. Find out how to earn an Undated Residency Teacher certificate in the state to become a certified math teacher for Washington students.

Washington Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Washington (2019)* $70,970 (Middle)
$71,690 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Math Education
Testing Requirements Basic skills test, edTPA, NES math subject test

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics

Before students can move forward with testing and applications, they will need to earn a degree in mathematics education from an approved, accredited teacher preparation program. Students will enroll in a middle or secondary education program and focus on mathematics education. Students will also participate in student teaching in order to get experience in the classroom before getting hired by a school district. The curriculum in each program will be slightly different depending on the school and focus age group, but most will focus on mathematical principles and educational strategies. For example, some required courses will most likely include:

  • Algebra for Teachers
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary Math
  • Foundations of Mathematics

During their student teaching experience, teaching candidates must pass the edTPA, which is a performance-based assessment that evaluates planning, instruction, and assessment techniques.

Step 2: Pass All Required Tests

When the educational requirements are finished, teachers can begin preparing for all of the required exams. First, teachers will need to pass a test of basic skills. This can be fulfilled with SAT scores of 27.5 or higher on the math portion, 27 or higher on the reading, and 28 on the writing section. The basic skills assessment can also be fulfilled by ACT scores of 22 on math, 22 on reading, and 8 on writing. If teachers would prefer to take another test of basic skills, they can prepare for the WEST-B, which is made up of a 60-question reading section, a 50-question writing section, and a 60-question math section. Teachers have 5 hours for the exam and need to score at least a 240 on each section.

Additionally, teachers will need to take the appropriate NES subject exam. Teachers will choose either Middle Grade Mathematics or Mathematics. Both consist of 150 multiple-choice questions taken over the course of five hours. Middle Grade Mathematics and Mathematics both cost $95 and require passing scores of 220.

Step 3: Complete the Certification Application

Next, teachers will fill out the certification application and pay all related fees. The fees include a $43 fingerprinting fee, when fingerprints and background checks are submitted, and a $74 fee for the Undated Residency Teacher license. The Undated Residency Teacher license is valid until a teacher has gained enough experience to apply for a Five-Year Residency Teacher Certificate. Teachers will need to submit recommendation from their college in addition to proof of their degree, preparation program, and test scores. When all of these materials have been supplied to the Department of Education, teachers will be ready to receive their license.

Helpful Resources for Future Washington Teachers

It's key to start studying for all required tests early in order to feel prepared on test day. Take a look at the guides below for more information about each of the exams.

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