How to Become a Math Teacher in Connecticut

Jan 02, 2019

Individuals wishing to teach math in Connecticut can complete a bachelor's degree. Teacher certification also requires individuals to successfully pass certification tests.

Math teachers in Connecticut will become certified to provide instructions to students at either the middle or secondary level. These teachers will instruct students on mathematical subjects like algebra or trigonometry. Prospective math teachers will need to meet the educational and certification requirements before applying for their teaching license.

Connecticut Math Teachers Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Connecticut (2016)* $77,250 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education)
$76,260 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special & Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education or Math
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators;
Praxis Subject-Specific Test for Math

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Step 1: Fulfill Educational Requirements

Prospective math teachers can choose to pursue a bachelor's degree as part of an approved teacher preparation program. The Connecticut Department of Education provides a listing of all the approved teacher preparation programs on their website.

In order to be accepted into a teacher preparation program, candidates will need to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam. It is designed to test applicants' proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Each teacher preparation program will decide passing scores for this examination. Alternatively, candidates may be able to skip this examination if they have qualifying scores on one of the below examinations:

  • SAT: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 3/31/95) or 1100 (on/after 4/1/95)
  • ACT: Verbal score of 20 and math score of 17 (prior to 10/89); Verbal score of 22 and math score of 19 (on/after 10/89)
  • GRE: Total verbal/math score of 1000 (prior to 8/1/11) or 297 (on/after 8/1/11)

Candidates can complete a bachelor's of education in middle-level mathematics (grades 4-8) or secondary-level mathematics (grades 7-12). They may take courses like the history and philosophy of education, educational psychology, and the philosophy and organization of middles grades education. Candidates will also complete a student teaching rotation as part of their bachelor's degree training program.

Step 2: Pass Certification Examination

After prospective math teachers complete their undergraduate degree, they must take a Praxis subject examination for math. Candidates will need to take one of the below examinations:

  • Middle School Mathematics Grades 4-8 (5169): Passing score is 165
  • Mathematics Content Knowledge Grades 7-12 (5161): Passing score is 160

Candidates will then need to receive a clear criminal history check from the state of Connecticut, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials

The final step in the teacher credentialing process is to apply for a teaching license. Candidates will be able to apply for their initial teaching license after meeting the educational and certification requirements. They will need to complete either an online or hard copy application and pay the application fee of $50. Candidates must submit the following as part of the application process:

  • An ED125 Statement of Preparing Higher Education Institution, which must have the college's original seal and an original signature
  • Official college transcripts

An initial teaching certificate is good for three years. The second step in the teacher certification process is provisional educator certificate, which is valid for eight years. Teachers must meet one of the below conditions:

  • 10 months of work experience under the initial teaching certificate
  • 30 months of work experience within 10 years in a public school outside of Connecticut

The third certificate offered by Connecticut is the professional educator. Candidates will need to have 30 months of work experience under the provisional certificate and additional training specific to a math endorsement.

Certification Resources for Connecticut Math Teachers

Individuals pursuing a career as a math teacher can use the below study aids to prepare for their teacher certification examinations.

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