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Working As A High School Mathematics Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

What Does A High School Mathematics Teacher Do

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

Duties

High school teachers typically do the following:

  • Plan lessons in the subjects they teach, such as biology or history
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach students in full class settings or in small groups
  • Adapt lessons to any changes in class size
  • Grade students’ assignments and exams to monitor progress
  • Communicate with parents about students’ progress
  • Work with individual students to challenge them, to improve their abilities, and to work on their weaknesses
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and administrative policies
  • Supervise students outside of the classroom—for example, at lunchtime or during detention

High school teachers generally teach students from the 9th through 12th grades. They usually specialize in one subject area, such as math, science, or history. They may teach several different classes within that subject area. For example, a high school math teacher may teach courses in algebra, calculus, and/or geometry.

High school teachers may teach students from different grades throughout the day. For example, in one class they may have students from the 9th grade and then in the next class they may have 12th-grade students. In many schools, students are divided into classes on the basis of their abilities, so teachers need to change their courses to match the students’ abilities.

High school teachers see several different classes of students throughout the day. They may teach the same material—for example, world history—to more than one class if the school has many students taking that subject.

Some high school teachers instruct special classes, such as art, music, and physical education.

When they do not have classes, teachers plan lessons, grade assignments, and meet with other teachers and staff.

In some schools, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) and teachers of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) work exclusively with students who are learning the English language. These students are often referred to as English language learners (ELLs). These teachers work with students individually or in groups to help them improve their English language skills and help them with assignments for other classes.

Students with learning disabilities and emotional or behavioral disorders often are taught in traditional classes. Therefore, high school teachers may work with special education teachers to adapt lessons to these students’ needs and to monitor the students’ progress.

Some teachers maintain websites to communicate with parents about students’ assignments, upcoming events, and grades. For students, teachers may create websites or discussion boards to present information and to expand a lesson taught in class.

Some high school teachers coach sports and advise student clubs and other groups, activities that frequently take place before or after school.

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How To Become A High School Mathematics Teacher

High school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

Education

All states require public high school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Most states require high school teachers to have majored in a subject area, such as science or history. Teachers typically enroll in their institution’s teacher preparation program and take classes in education and child psychology as well.

In teacher education programs, prospective high school teachers learn how to present information to students and how to work with students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states require high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools typically seek high school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a major in a subject area.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

High school teachers typically are awarded a secondary or high school certification, which allows them to teach the 7th through the 12th grades.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to requiring a bachelor’s degree, states require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. States also typically require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge in the subject they will teach. Some states require teachers to have a minimum grade point average as well. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Often, teachers are required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing either type of program.

Training

In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and gain experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with other teachers and special education teachers. In addition, teachers need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. High school teachers must be patient when students struggle with material.

Resourcefulness. High school teachers need to explain difficult concepts in terms students can understand. In addition, they must be able to engage students in learning and adapt lessons to each student’s needs.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to be mentors or lead teachers. In these positions, they often work with less experienced teachers to help them improve their teaching skills.

With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals. Becoming a principal usually requires additional instruction in education administration or leadership. For more information, see the profiles on school and career counselors, librarians, instructional coordinators, and elementary, middle, and high school principals.

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High School Mathematics Teacher Career Paths

High School Mathematics Teacher
Math Teacher Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Coach Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Middle School Teacher Special Education Teacher Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Middle School Teacher Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Middle School Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Mathematics Instructor Adjunct Instructor Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Mathematics Instructor Adjunct Instructor Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Mathematics Instructor Consultant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Math Tutor Substitute Teacher Adjunct Instructor
Associate Dean
11 Yearsyrs
Math Tutor Teacher Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Math Tutor Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Resource Teacher Department Chairperson
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Student Teacher Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Tutor Program Coordinator Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Instructor Director Of Instruction
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Instructor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
High School Teacher Guidance Counselor Student Dean
High School Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Curriculum Coordinator School Principal
Secondary School Principal
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Math Teacher 4.2 years
Science Teacher 4.1 years
Physics Teacher 3.5 years
Biology Teacher 3.5 years
Health Teacher 3.1 years
Geometry Teacher 1.8 years
Top Careers Before High School Mathematics Teacher
Math Teacher 21.9%
Math Tutor 7.5%
Teacher 6.4%
Internship 3.7%
Tutor 3.4%
Instructor 3.0%
Coach 1.9%
Top Careers After High School Mathematics Teacher
Math Teacher 23.1%
Math Tutor 7.5%
Teacher 3.4%
Principal 2.9%
Writer 2.9%
Tutor 2.6%
Instructor 2.6%
Manager 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$52,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Meridian School
Highest Paying City
East Orange, NJ
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a High School Mathematics Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a High School Mathematics Teacher in the United States is $52,589 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $72,000.

Real High School Mathematics Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Teacher of Mathematics for Secondary School La Fondation Du Lycee Francais International de Wa Bethesda, MD Sep 02, 2013 $125,000
Teacher, High School Mathematics Mojave Unified School District Mojave, CA Aug 12, 2014 $85,828
Teacher, High School Mathematics Mojave Unified School District California City, CA Sep 16, 2015 $85,828
High School Mathematics Teacher Stockton Unified School District Stockton, CA Oct 01, 2014 $77,790
High School Mathematics Teacher Stockton Unified School District Stockton, CA Jul 15, 2013 $75,703
High School Mathematics Teacher Stockton Unified School District Stockton, CA Jul 15, 2013 $74,247
High School Mathematics Teacher Stockton Unified School District Stockton, CA Jan 12, 2014 $74,247
High School Mathematics/Science Teacher & Curiculum Leader BSA Resource Solutions Charlotte, NC Dec 11, 2015 $72,624
High School Mathematics Teacher Board of Education of St. Mary's County Lexington Park, MD Aug 17, 2015 $69,201 -
$86,283
High School Mathematics Teacher Burlington School District Burlington, VT Oct 01, 2014 $67,995
High School Mathematics Teacher Stockton Unified School District Stockton, CA Jul 14, 2013 $65,154
High School Mathematics Teacher Stockton Unified School District Stockton, CA Jun 30, 2013 $64,460
High School Mathematics Teacher Knowledge Resources Group, Inc. Morrow, GA Apr 10, 2016 $63,950
High School Mathematics Teacher Fairfield County School District Winnsboro, SC Jul 09, 2016 $53,484
High School Mathematics Teacher Unique Services Associates, Inc. Varnville, SC Oct 01, 2015 $52,927
High School Mathematics Teacher Unique Services Associates, Inc. Varnville, SC Oct 01, 2013 $52,927
High School Mathematics Teacher Unique Services Associates, Inc. Varnville, SC Jan 10, 2016 $52,927
High School Mathematics Teacher Richland County School District One Columbia, SC Jun 10, 2014 $52,919
High School Mathematics Teacher Richland School District One Columbia, SC Apr 28, 2016 $52,919
High School Mathematics Teacher Stockton Unified School District Stockton, CA Jun 30, 2013 $52,455
High School Mathematics Teacher Allendale County School District Fairfax, SC Jul 01, 2014 $46,991
Mathematics Teacher, Middle and High School NUR Islamic School of Louisville Louisville, KY Sep 05, 2015 $46,832 -
$56,182
High School Mathematics Teacher Evangeline Parish School Board Mamou, LA Jul 13, 2016 $46,600
High School Mathematics Teacher Warren County School System Warrenton, GA Jul 29, 2013 $46,500
High School Mathematics Teacher Evangeline Parish School Board Mamou, LA Jul 16, 2013 $46,277
High School Mathematics Teacher Marion County School District Marion, SC Jun 11, 2013 $46,167
High School Mathematics Teacher Barnwell School District #19 Blackville, SC Aug 20, 2014 $46,164
High School Mathematics Teacher E3 Civic High San Diego, CA Nov 08, 2016 $46,000

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Top Skills for A High School Mathematics Teacher

  1. Mathematics
  2. Algebra II
  3. Taught Geometry
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  • Developed unit-based projects tailored around real-world situations to enhance the students' knowledge of mathematics in correlation to everyday experiences.
  • Coordinated with math teachers to develop Geometry and Algebra II lessons, TAKS Saturday classes, and after school tutoring programs.
  • Maintained a high level of success in the area of classroom management by developing effective relationship and engagement in student-centered instruction/teaching.
  • Teach Algebra I through Pre-Calculus content, including Math of Finance, to grades 9-12.
  • Developed course curriculum map, lesson plans, and incorporated national standards based requirements.

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Top 10 Best States for High School Mathematics Teachers

  1. Alaska
  2. Connecticut
  3. Massachusetts
  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. Oregon
  7. Illinois
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Michigan
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High School Mathematics Teacher Demographics

Gender

Male

45.7%

Female

41.6%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.2%

French

12.2%

Portuguese

4.9%

Arabic

4.9%

Filipino

2.4%

Hawaiian

2.4%

Vietnamese

2.4%

German

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Urdu

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Tagalog

2.4%

Mandarin

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Russian

2.4%
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High School Mathematics Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Florida State University

8.0%

Wayne State University

6.2%

Texas A&M University

6.2%

University of Houston

6.2%

Temple University

5.3%

George Mason University

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.4%

University of Pennsylvania

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

Georgia State University

4.4%

Lamar University

4.4%

Stephen F Austin State University

4.4%

Montclair State University

4.4%

University of Georgia

4.4%

Boston University

4.4%

Vanderbilt University

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Pace University - New York

3.5%

Walden University

3.5%
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Majors

Mathematics

27.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

12.2%

Education

11.7%

Elementary Education

8.0%

Educational Leadership

7.6%

Business

5.6%

Secondary Education And Teaching

4.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.8%

Accounting

2.3%

Computer Science

2.2%

Mathematics And Computer Science

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Physics

1.9%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%

Chemistry

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Statistics

1.4%

Applied Mathematics

1.4%

Educational Technology

1.1%

Finance

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

48.4%

Bachelors

27.4%

Other

10.7%

Doctorate

6.6%

Certificate

3.5%

Associate

2.2%

License

0.5%

Diploma

0.5%
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