How to Become a Middle School Math Teacher in Virginia

STEM subjects are an important part of a growing technological society. If you'd like to help students start at the ground floor with middle school math, consider becoming a Virginia teacher with the points below.

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Middle school math teachers are a very important role with STEM subjects. This is the point where students are just really learning about the formulas and foundations for a successful math education. If you'd like to prepare students for their future math education in Virginia, we'll look at the steps below.

Requirements for Virginia Middle School Math Teachers

Average Salary for Middle School Teachers in Virginia (2017)* $67,770
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Mathematics
Testing Requirements Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) subtests Reading (091) AND Writing (092), AND Praxis Middle School Mathematics (5169)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

If you'd like to teach middle school math, you'll want to study mathematics of all kinds. A bachelor's degree in math should help prepare you with the knowledge you'll need to possibly teach all forms of basic math, like algebra, proofs, statistics, geometry, and fractions. Quite importantly, you'll want to be sure that your education includes a teacher preparation program at some point. This can be completed in a number of ways. Some colleges will include these certification preparation courses in your bachelor's degree program. You can check with the Virginia Department of Education (DOE) to see whether or not your program is approved as one of those. You can also take this as a master's degree program or a graduate-level certificate program. These programs should include educational courses on child development and pedagogical practices, as well as a student teaching practicum that puts you in the classroom with students.

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Step 2: Complete Required Exams

The VCLA, or the Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment is required of all prospective Virginia teachers. This exam is made up of two subtests on reading and writing. Each of these exams must be passed with a score of 235 or higher, and each has a $40 fee; you'll have four hours to complete them. The reading section contains 40 multiple-choice questions while the writing section includes essays and questions.

Aspiring middle school math teachers must take the Middle School Mathematics (5169) exam. It includes 55 questions that must be completed in two hours. There are both multiple-choice and numeric-response questions on this exam. It covers data, algebra, geometry, and other arithmetic. To use this toward your licensing requirements, you'll need a score higher than 165.

Step 3: Complete Other Required Training

In Virginia, all teachers are now required to pass a certification class in CPR and first aid as well as successfully complete AED training. This certificate must be presented with your application. Along with this, you'll need to take two training classes which are both offered online for free. You can take the dyslexia awareness training class on the DOE website, while the Department of Social Services has the free online child abuse and neglect recognition training.

Certification Resources for Virginia Middle School Mathematics Teachers

If you want to prepare for your Virginia assessments, you'll need proper study guides. Below, we've included some great test preps that will get you ready for all your exams.

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