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How to Become a High School Math Teacher in Texas

If you love math and want to spread the knowledge to the next generation of number enthusiasts, you're in the right place. Here, we'll look at the steps needed to become a Texas high school math teacher.

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Math is one of the STEM subjects that are often experiencing a shortage of teachers. If you would like to learn how to become a high school math teacher in Texas, we have the information you're looking for.

Requirements for Texas Middle School Math Teachers

Average Salary for High School Teachers in Texas (2017)* $57,830
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Math
Testing Requirements TExES Mathematics 7-12 (235)

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Many colleges and universities in Texas offer math programs with concentrations or minors in education. For others, there are specific programs dedicated to teaching math education. Some programs will focus on interdisciplinary studies for lower grades, but for high school math teachers, math at the secondary education level will be studied. A bachelor's degree is required to teach, and in these programs, you'll likely take courses on creating learning environments, pedagogical methods, physics, Euclidean geometry, math topics, evolution of math, teaching math, mathematical problem-solving, and algebraic structures.

The Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) are required for those who have not studied education courses or had any teaching experience. These programs are offered by many colleges, universities, and academic centers to prepare teachers for classroom setting. The TEA (Texas Education Agency) has approved several certificate and degree programs to qualify teachers for certification. In these EPPs, you'll enter a mentoring program with fellow math teachers, and spend time teaching in front of students.

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Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements

There may be additional exams needed to enter your university program. However, there are no basic education quizzes required to become certified. All math teachers must take one of the TExES mathematical exams. Both of the math exams available are made up of six categories that cover assessment, instruction, and math topics. Those six categories are numbers, probability, math processes, algebra, geometry, and instruction/assessment methods. The exam that prospective high school teachers will take is the TExES Mathematics 7-12 test. This exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions. Like most TExES exams, it is a 5-hour exam delivered through the computer. This exam costs $131.

Step 3: Pass a Background Check

Like many states, Texas also asks teachers to be fingerprinted and have a background check run on them. In order to have this background check, you must apply with one of the MorphoTrust locations to have an electronic fingerprint taken. The cost for this is $39 for the background check and another $10 for the scanning of the fingerprints. You will also need a valid ID for the fingerprinting process. Once this has been done and the TEA has received the fingerprints, a criminal background check will be run by them, the FBI, and the DPS.

Texas High School Math Teacher Certification Resources

Prospective high school math teachers need to be certified just as does any teacher in Texas. In order to be certified, you'll first need to study the following links to prepare you for the TExES.

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