New York State Math Teacher Certification Requirements

Jan 02, 2019

Mathematics teachers can be certified to teach grades 5 through 9 or grades 7 through 12. The training requirements for math teachers of both age groups is comparable. Read on to learn how to become a math teacher in New York.

The State of New York pays the highest salary for middle school teachers in the United States, while only the state of Alaska offers high school teachers a higher salary than New York pays. New York also has the third-highest number of middle and high school teachers when compared to all other states. We'll explore the certification requirements to teach math in New York schools.

New York Math Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in New York (2016)* $77,330 (Elementary School);
$78,060 (Middle School);
$81,410 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Middle Childhood Education - Math, Adolescent Education, Mathematics or Teacher Leader in Mathematics Education
Testing Requirements edTPA, EAS, CST

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

All mathematics teachers must earn a bachelor's degree from an approved program to qualify for certification as a teacher in the state of New York. Programs may emphasize mathematics education or they may concentrate on middle childhood education or adolescent education. Those wishing to teach grades 5 through 9 can pursue the middle childhood math education programs while those who want to teach high school can focus on adolescent math education. Programs in mathematics education encompass teaching both sets of grade levels. Mathematics teachers must take core mathematics courses, including classes in calculus, geometry and algebra. They are also required to complete courses that equip them to teach mathematics. Other academic requirements include taking child psychology, learning about human development and studying theories about learning. Students are also expected to complete student teaching assignments and earn a recommendation letter from their postsecondary institution to qualify for teacher certification.

Step 2: Pass Certification Tests

Elementary teachers must earn a score of 46 to pass the edTPA as of 2018. Those teaching other grades must obtain a score of 38. For the purposes of the mathematics teaching certificate the age ranges are broken into two sections; grades 5 through 9 and grades 7 through 12. The Educating All Students (EAS) exam is just over two hours in length and costs $92. A score of 500 is required to pass the EAS. Mathematics teachers must also pass the Mathematics CST exam. This test costs $134 and takes almost 3.5 hours to complete. The minimum passing score is 520.

Step 3: Additional Certification Requirements

Once the three certification tests have been passed it is necessary to apply for an initial certificate. This involves paying a fee and providing supporting documentation to establish that you have earned a degree from an approved, accredited program. You must submit your transcripts and provide proof of your identity. Certification also requires completing mandatory workshops and providing your fingerprints for a background check. Once employed, teachers with an initial certificate must be mentored during their first year working as a teacher. This is required to qualify for professional certification.

Teacher Certification Resources

The links provided here connect to practice and study guides to help prepare for the certification exams required to teach mathematics in New York. The mathematics practice and study guide will prepare students for the CST in mathematics while the Educating All Students study guide will equip students to take the EAS exam.

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