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How to Become a High School Math Teacher in New York

High school math teachers are equipped to work with teenagers and have a strong mathematical background that prepares them to instruct students in the subject area. The process of preparing for a career as a high school math teacher is explored further here.

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Mathematics teachers and those studying to become such in New York are eligible for membership in the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS), which is a professional organization that offers conferences and promotes mathematics education. Complete with education and certification requirements, this article outlines the pathway to becoming a high school math teacher in New York.

New York High School Math Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in New York (2016)* $81,410
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Mathematics Education 7-12
Testing Requirements edTPA, EAS, CST

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

In order to become a high school math teacher in the state of New York, there are several academic requirements that must be met. Students must complete a mathematics education program designed for teaching students in grades 7 through 12. Some schools call this an adolescent mathematics education program. Students are expected to take core and elective courses in mathematics, which include courses in calculus, geometry and algebra. Mathematics education programs also include courses in educational psychology, working with children with special needs and other core education courses to prepare individuals to become teachers. Students must also complete student teaching requirements. To qualify for certification, they must receive a recommendation from their colleges or universities.

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Step 2: Complete Certification Requirements

There are three core certification tests that must be passed to become a teacher in the state of New York. To teach high school in New York, a score of 38 on the edTPA must be achieved. When taking the Educating All Students (EAS) test, it will be necessary to score 500 or higher to pass. The Content Specialty Test (CST) for mathematics teachers is a computer-based test that takes almost three-and-a-half hours. Students must receive 520 or higher to pass. Once students have completed their tests, they must complete background check requirements. They'll have to provide proof of identity and copies of their transcripts to receive their certifications.

Teacher Certification Resources

Use the links listed here to access resources to prepare for New York teaching certification tests. The multi-subject practice and study guide is designed for those planning to teach high school students with the EAS study guide and test prep will help those planning to teach any grade level, including high school.

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