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How to Become a Math Teacher in Colorado

Does math excite you? Do you always want to learn more about mathematical principles and help others do the same? Why not pursue your passions - explore the steps needed to become a certified math teacher in the state of Colorado!

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Salaries and Educational Requirements for Math Teachers in Colorado

Average Salary for Math Teachers in Colorado (2016)* $51,360 (Elementary); $51,800 (Middle School), $53,640 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's or higher
Degree Field Education/Mathematics
Testing Requirements Praxis Math Content Knowledge or Praxis Elementary Education

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher

A bachelor's degree is required in for all prospective teachers in Colorado, regardless of subject specialty. It is key to choose a program of study through one of the many accredited colleges and universities in the state, though some out-of-state programs may also qualify. Make sure that the program chosen is counted by the Department of Education as an approved teacher preparation program. By the end of the program of study, all students should have an idea of their preferred age group so that they can complete the correct assessments after degree completion. It is important to note that elementary school teachers may be required to instruct students in multiple subjects instead of just math, depending on the expectations of the school district.

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Step 2: Complete All Required Testing

Colorado recently adopted the Praxis exam for general academic areas and mathematics specifically, so taking the required test should be a simple process for a prospective teacher. If a student is interested in pursuing Elementary Education, that student will need to take the Praxis Elementary Education exam which consists of Math, Social Studies, Reading, and Science subtests. If interested in teaching grades 7-12, a student must complete the Mathematics: Content Knowledge Praxis Exam instead. It is important to check the guidelines for each exam and make sure calculators are or are not allowed. Additionally, be sure to check the minimum scores for each exam (currently, the Elementary Education subtests range from 155-159 and the Math Content Knowledge Exam is 152) in order to have a clear expectation before sitting down to take the test.

Step 3: Get Certified to Teach

Once a student has both received his or her degree and passed the corresponding Praxis exam, it is time to think about Initial certification. The state of Colorado requires that all teachers first pass a criminal background check and get fingerprinted before even applying for certification. Once those items are out of the way, students will use Colorado's e-licensing system to submit transcripts, employment history, proof of the teacher certification program, and scores from the Praxis exams to the Department of Education. When all of those materials are gathered, simply submit them online, wait to receive an Initial Certification, and find the perfect job.

Certification Resources for Future Math Teachers

Do you have any other questions about teaching math or taking the required tests? Students interested in pursuing math teacher certification can read more detailed guides and prepare for future exams by looking into the following Study.com guides.

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