How to Become a Middle School Math Teacher in Texas

Math is considered one of the the STEM subjects and is often under-represented by teachers. In this article, we'll look at what middle school math teachers must know to earn certification.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are nearly 70,000 middle school teachers in Texas. Though this number may seem high, only a fraction of them teach math. If you would like to learn the step-by-step path to becoming a middle school math teacher in Texas, this is for you.

Requirements for Texas Middle School Math Teachers

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

Source: *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

The minimum requirement for certified teachers in Texas is a bachelor's degree. To become a math teacher, your best bet is to study math. Some colleges offer math programs that are geared toward those who want to teach math at either the middle school or high school levels. These programs are a bit different, but whether or not you intend to participate in an education-based math program or an applied mathematics program, you'll still study several types of math used in the classroom. You'll likely have courses in algebra, patterns, calculus, exponential growth, functions, data analysis, statistics, differential equations, the use of technology in math, and linear programming. Cryptology may also come up, which is a course based around the study of codes and cyphers. These often use mathematical functions to find the patterns and to decipher these codes.

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Step 2: Complete an Educator Preparation Program (EPP)

Texas has a built-in plan for certifying teachers when they did not earn an education degree: the educator preparation program. These EPPs must be approved by the Texas Education Agency before counting toward your certification. Such programs will provide you with the educational knowledge you'll need that may not have been provided in your bachelor's program. They also are good for those who decide to become teachers after they have graduated. During this program, you'll spend time in the classroom with real kids, practicing your methods and skills. It will be a good time to find mentoring and have questions answered that may come up.

Step 3: Complete Testing & Fingerprinting Requirements

Texas teachers are asked to have a background check run on them. In 2007, this Bill was passed to ensure that teachers of public schools were fingerprinted and checked for a criminal background. After paying a $39 fee (and another $10 for the fingerprinting), a background check will be run by the FBI, DPS, and the Texas Education Agency.

There are two exams that could work for middle school math teachers: the TExES Mathematics 4-8 or the TExES Mathematics 7-12. Since middle school tends to fall in the range of 5-8 (depending on school district), it seems that the first exam, TExES Mathematics 4-8 will work better, even though a few grades would fall under the other test.

The TExES Mathematics 4-8 (code 115) exam is built to test you on teaching middle school-aged students. This exam must be taken within the 5-hour time frame allotted. You will need to answer 90 questions in six math areas: number concepts, algebra, geometry, statistics, math processes, and math instruction/assessment.

Texas Middle School Math Teacher Certification Resources

Math teachers must prove their knowledge through the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES). Here, we've compiled some study guide links that can help you prepare for those essential math exams.

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