In Texas, certain subjects have an advanced certificate for teachers with experience and extra education. One of these certifications is the master math teacher license. To find out how to become a master math teacher in Texas, look below.
Requirements for Texas Master Math Teachers
|Average Salary for Teachers in Texas (2017)*|| $34,800 (Preschool)
$56,760 (Elementary School)
$56,670 (Middle School)
$57,830 (Secondary School)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree, Master Math EPP|
|Testing Requirements||TExMaT Master Mathematics Teacher EC-4, TExMaT Master Mathematics Teacher 4-8, or TExMaT Master Mathematics Teacher 8-12|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Become a Certified Teacher
Master math teachers are teachers who have gone a step beyond to obtain this specialty license. The first step in this process is to become a certified teacher. To do that, you must complete your education, which for a math teacher would be a bachelor's degree in math or math education. You will of course need to take the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 exam, which tests you on your basic teaching knowledge. On top of this, you will need to take either the TExES Mathematics 4-8 or TExES Mathematics 7-12 exam. Which of these exams you'll take is reliant on which grade level you'd prefer to teach. The former is more suited for middle school math teachers, while the latter is better for high school math teachers. If you'd like to teach math to elementary school children, you will need to take the TExES Core Subjects EC-6 in order to become an elementary school teacher. Before applying for your certification, you'll need to be fingerprinted and have a background check run.
Step 2: Gain Experience
Now that you're a teacher, you need to find a job. To become a master math teacher, you must have experience under your belt. This helps you to work out real-life scenarios in the classroom and learn where your strengths and weaknesses are as a teacher. In order to become a master math teacher, you'll need to have at least three years of full-time teaching experience. This can be done at either a public or private school, so long as it is accredited by Texas.
Step 3: Complete an Education Preparation Program
In order to become a teacher, you have likely already completed an education preparation program (EPP). Sometimes, this is part of your bachelor's degree program. At this point, you're likely aware of what a program like this consists of. However, to become a master math teacher, you must complete a master math teacher EPP. The programs must be approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). It is not necessary that you earn a master's degree, but it isn't discouraged. Many Texas colleges and universities offer post-graduate certificate programs, in which graduate courses are taught. Courses will vary by school, but you can assume there will be problem-solving and leadership courses.
Step 4: Pass the Exam
You have already sat for one TExES exam at this point. To be a certified master math teacher, there is a specific TExES exam: the TExMaT MMT exam. You can either take the EC-4, the grades 4-8, or the grades 8-12 exam. Though testing you on different grade level content, all the exams are structured the same way. You'll have five hours to complete 90 multiple-choice questions and one case study. All three exams are broken down into six math categories. This same structure will have been seen on the previous math certification exam.
Texas Master Math Teacher Certification Resources
Preparing for more than one exam can become a bit overwhelming. Here, we've included some resources to help you prepare for all the master math exams and beyond.