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How to Become a Math Teacher in Kansas

Jan 02, 2019

Math teachers are considered part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teaching subjects. The following article will help prepare you for math teacher licensing in Kansas.

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Mathematics teachers in Kansas tend to be specialized in teaching either middle school or high school. The following will walk you through the steps to becoming licensed in Kansas.

Requirements for Kansas Math Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Kansas (2017)* $50,640 (Middle School),
$50,470 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Required Field Education (math concentration)
Math (education concentration)
Testing Requirements Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Your Education

All teachers in Kansas must possess at least a bachelor's degree. Depending on the area of study, your major may change. For prospective math teachers, a degree program in education works best. Many colleges have education programs that are geared toward licensure with a specific endorsement. Another avenue might be a degree in math with an education concentration. While some schools focus their education degree on a specific endorsement category, others simply offer the specific major with an education concentration to prepare you for the rest of the licensing requirements.

No matter which degree path you select, you'll want to be sure that your course plan has both pedagogy and mathematics courses. For instance, you may see courses in probability theory, teaching methods, differential equations, technology in the classroom, instruction and assessment, and classroom management. In any program, you'll need to complete some clinical experience. For math teachers, this likely means time spent in middle and/or high school classrooms working with licensed teachers to teach and create curricula.

Step 2: Pass Praxis Exams

The next step in the licensure process is passing the required Praxis exams. In Kansas, you will need to pass a pedagogy test and a content area test for licensure requirements. The specific tests vary based on the grade level you intend to teach.

For future middle school math teachers, the pedagogy test is the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5-9 exam, which requires a passing score of 160. Test takers are given two hours to complete four short-essay responses and 70 selected-response questions. The Middle School Mathematics test is the content area exam and requires a minimum score of 157. This two-hour test is divided into two categories--arithmetic/algebra and geometry/data--and consists of both selected-response and numeric-entry questions.

At the high school level, candidates will take the Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 test. This test needs a passing score of 160 and includes 70 multiple-choice questions and four constructed-response questions. The content area exam for high school teachers is the Mathematics: Content Knowledge exam. To pass this exam, you must get a minimum score of 152. This exam has two different math categories: number and quantity, algebra, functions, and calculus; and geometry, probability and statistics, and discrete mathematics.

Step 3: Fulfill Background Check

In addition to the degree and exams, teaching applicants must also be fingerprinted. The fingerprints, as well as a $50 fee, are part of the background check all applicants must fulfill.

Certification Sources for Kansas Math Teachers

There are several excellent resources for future teachers out there. We have compiled a few of those resources for you. With these, you can study for your math content exams.

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