How to Become a Math Teacher in Massachusetts

Discover the path to math teacher licensure in Massachusetts. You'll find out about the educational requirements, MTEL testing, and other licensing requirements to land a great job.

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Many students struggle with math on a daily basis - a great teacher can make all the difference. Are you passionate about mathematics and willing to help others learn? Explore the steps needed to educate students and become a math teacher in the state of Massachusetts.

Salaries and Educational Requirements for Math Teachers in Massachusetts

Average Salary for Teachers in Massachusetts (2016)* $74,470 (Elementary**); $71,870 (Middle School**), $74,040 (High School**)
Required Degree Bachelor's or higher
Degree Field Education, Mathematics
Testing Requirements MTELs in Math and Communication/Literacy

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; **Except Special Education and/or Career and Technical Education Teachers

Step 1: Obtain a Bachelor's Degree or Higher

In Massachusetts, a bachelor's degree and teacher preparation program are required in order to become a licensed math teacher. Try to find a program that includes the Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement, or extra testing will be required later. All students should develop a sense of what age group they would prefer to teach so that later, the corresponding tests can be completed. There are many approved, accredited programs to choose from in-state, all of which will equip students to jump into the classroom with helpful teaching strategies under their belts. If a student is already enrolled in a Bachelor's program in another state, that program simply needs to be regionally accredited in order to be considered valid by the state of Massachusetts.

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Step 2: Complete All Required Testing

A prospective math teacher must complete the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, or MTELs. If hoping to teach grades 1-6, a prospective teacher must take the Elementary Mathematics, Middle School Mathematics, or Mathematics MTEL. If hoping to teach grades 5-8, either the Middle School Mathematics or Mathematics exam will suffice. If an educator plans on teaching grades 8-12, only the Mathematics exam will fulfill the testing requirements. The passing score for these tests is 240, and each electronic test costs roughly $139 to take at an approved testing center over the course of 4 hours and 15 minutes.

All teachers, regardless of grade or subject preference, are required to take the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL as well. Each of these two subtests (reading and writing) requires 240 as a passing score, and the test can take four hours for one or both of the subtests. The reading subtest fee is $76, the writing subtest fee is $85, or both subtests can be taken for $112.

Step 3: Get Licensed to Teach

After all testing has been completed, students must get fingerprinted before they can be licensed. If necessary, students can use this time to take a Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement course. All teachers of core subjects are required to have this endorsement in order to better serve ELL students. Finally, prospective teachers need to submit transcripts, teacher preparation program verification, MTEL scores, and the application fee via the Education Licensure and Renewal (ELAR) portal. This avenue will provide the fastest processing time, but you can also mail documents to the Office of Educator Licensure in Malden, Massachusetts. When every step is complete, students will be awarded an Initial License, which is valid for 5 years in the state of Massachusetts.

Resources for Future Math Teachers

Do you have any other questions about teaching math or getting licensed in Massachusetts? Students interested in pursuing math teacher licensure have the opportunity to explore detailed guides and prepare for future exams reading the following Study.com guides.

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