How to Become a Math Teacher in Texas

If you enjoy working with numbers and equations, you may want to become a math teacher. This article will look at the testing requirements and education needed to become a math teacher in Texas.

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Mathematics is used in everyday tasks. While students balk at the idea that it will ever be useful, it may be one of the most useful skills to teach kids. To learn how to become a math teacher in Texas, read on.

Requirements for Texas Math Teachers

Average Salary for Math Teachers in Texas (2017)* $56,670 (Middle School), $57,830 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Math
Testing Requirements TExES Mathematics 4-8 (115) or TExES Mathematics 7-12 (235)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Texas teachers must possess a bachelor's degree at minimum. If you wish to be a math teacher (grade undecided), then you should consider studying mathematics for your bachelor's degree. Some schools, like Baylor University, offer a math degree with a concentration in math education. These types of programs are built with the intent to teach future teachers of math. If you choose one of these programs, you can anticipate courses in abstract algebra, calculus, linear algebra, analysis, differential equations, and cryptology. You will also find courses that look at teaching secondary math, teaching methods, and an internship with a local school.

Step 2: Complete an Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

This step is sometimes optional, depending on the degree program that you took. The purpose of an EPP is to prepare you for teaching in the classroom. For many future teachers that did not complete an education concentration, this is where they go over teaching methods, classroom management skills, parent/student-teacher relationship building skills, and student teaching experience in a real classroom. These programs are typically offered through universities. If you have not completed your bachelor's degree program, you'll need to complete this with a college or university. However, if you do hold your degree, you can look into an advanced degree program (some schools offer 1-year master's) or a certificate program (often completed in one year of 18 months)

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Step 3: Complete Testing & Fingerprinting Requirements

In order to become a teacher in Texas, you must be fingerprinted. These fingerprints will then be used to run a criminal background check on you. This is standard for all Texas teachers.

You will also need to complete certification exams in order to be licensed. As an undefined math teacher, there are two options for you. One exam covers math for grades 4-8, the other for grades 7-12. The TExES Mathematics 4-8 (115) exam is 90 questions long. You will have five hours to complete this computer-administered test.

The other exam, the TExES Mathematics 7-12 (235) is 100 questions long. You will also have five hours to complete this exam. Both tests look at the same six categories of math subjects, the only difference is in the grade level that these questions are geared toward. Those six categories are:

  1. Number concepts
  2. Patterns and algebra
  3. Geometry and measurement
  4. Probability and statistics
  5. Mathematical processes and perspectives
  6. Mathematical learning, instruction, and assessment

Texas Math Teacher Certification Resources

If you have not yet decided what grade level you'd like to teach, you'll need to decide between the two different TExES math exams. Below are some helpful links for you to study.

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