A December 2017 report from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association revealed that almost 900 teachers quit within the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Due to this, the state of Arizona has an immediate need for teachers, including teachers of mathematics. Read on to learn more about what it takes to become a math teacher in Arizona.
Arizona Math Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Arizona (2016)*|| $42,830 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education);
$48,020 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Testing Requirements|| Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary;
Mathematics or Mathematics: Middle Grades and Early Secondary
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements
One educational option for individuals interested in teaching math is to pursue a bachelor's degree and complete a teacher training program for secondary education. They can complete a bachelor's degree in mathematics with an education option. Coursework for such a degree may include an introduction to secondary mathematics teaching, the integration of special students into mainstream classrooms, and curriculum and assessment in secondary school mathematics.
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Step 2: Fulfill Certification Requirements
The next step in the teacher certification process is to pass a professional knowledge test and a subject-specific test for secondary mathematics. Candidates will need to pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary test from the National Evaluation Series. This test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, one work product written question, and one case study written question. A passing score is 220.
Candidates have a choice of two tests to meet the subject-specific requirement in Arizona:
- Mathematics: This test contains 150 multiple-choice questions and requires a passing score of 220.
- Mathematics: Middle Grades and Early Secondary: Consisting of 120 multiple-choice questions, this test also has a passing score of 220.
The last part of the certification process is to receive an Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint clearance. Candidates have an electronic option through an agency called Fieldprint. Alternatively, they can contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety via fax or mail to obtain a hard copy fingerprint application. Candidates who choose this option will need to visit their local law enforcement agency or a private fingerprinting service to complete the application.
Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials
Once candidates meet all of the above requirements, they will be able to apply for their standard professional secondary teaching certificate, which is good for twelve years and is renewable.They will be certified to teach students in grades sixth through twelfth.
During the first three years of certification, teachers will need to complete a college class on the Arizona Constitution and the United States Constitution, or an equivalent examination for both.
Certification Resources for Arizona Math Teachers
Prospective math teachers in Arizona may want to utilize the below study aids while preparing for their state certification examinations.