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Working As A Math 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

  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Math 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 Math 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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Math Teacher Career Paths

Math Teacher
Science Teacher Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Principal Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Coach Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Coach Team Leader Chairperson
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Coach Consultant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Owner Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Instructor Adjunct Instructor
Associate Dean
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Department Chairperson
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Faculty Department Chairperson Vice Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Education Consultant Student Dean
High School Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Principal Elementary School Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Associate Professor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant School Principal
Secondary School Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Faculty Professor Associate Dean
Instruction Dean
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Certified Teacher 4.9 years
Science Teacher 4.1 years
Math Teacher 4.0 years
Teacher Advisor 3.7 years
Mentor Teacher 2.6 years
8th Grade Teacher 2.5 years
Algebra Teacher 2.4 years
7th Grade Teacher 2.2 years
Geometry Teacher 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Math Teacher
Teacher 16.6%
Math Tutor 9.5%
Tutor 6.5%
Internship 4.6%
Instructor 4.0%
Volunteer 2.7%
Coach 2.1%
Cashier 2.1%
Top Careers After Math Teacher
Teacher 15.6%
Math Tutor 10.2%
Tutor 5.4%
Instructor 4.6%
Principal 3.8%
Coach 3.4%
Internship 2.5%
Consultant 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$49,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$63,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
University of North Carolina
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Math Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Math Teacher in the United States is $49,815 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $63,000.

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Real Math Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mathematics Teacher La Scuola D'Italia Jan 03, 2015 $141,394
Math Teacher Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, Inc. Dec 09, 2016 $100,000
Mathematics Teacher East Orange Board of Education Jan 09, 2016 $95,420
Math Teacher Scholar Tutorials, LLC Sep 29, 2016 $92,000
Mathematics Teacher Anne Arundel County Public Schools Nov 10, 2015 $90,665
Mathematics Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Jul 01, 2015 $89,021
Certificated Teacher, Mathematics Sequoia Union High School District Aug 15, 2016 $87,779
Mathematics Teacher Trinity Episcopal School Corporation Aug 31, 2015 $87,650
Mathematics Teacher-Secondary Baltimore City Public Schools Jun 17, 2015 $87,532
Mathematics Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Jul 04, 2016 $87,489
Mathematics Teacher-Secondary Baltimore City Public Schools Jul 07, 2015 $86,557
Mathematics Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Aug 18, 2016 $86,557
Mathematics Teacher-Middle School Baltimore City Public Schools Jul 01, 2015 $86,556
Mathematics Teacher Central Jersey College Prep Charter School Sep 30, 2015 $52,040
High School Math Interventionist/Teacher San Carlos Unified School District No. 20 Feb 16, 2015 $52,000
Mathematics Teacher Central Jersey College Prep Charter School Mar 13, 2015 $52,000
Mathematics Teacher New York City Department of Education Jan 09, 2016 $51,649
Mathematics Teacher New York City Department of Education Jan 05, 2016 $51,649
Secondary Math Teacher Garland Independent School District Nov 19, 2015 $51,634
Mathematics Teacher Horizon Science Academy Dayton High School, Inc. Jan 08, 2016 $45,700
Mathematics Teacher New York City Department of Education Jun 12, 2015 $45,530
Mathematics Teacher New York City Department of Education May 18, 2015 $45,530

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Top Skills for A Math Teacher

  1. Algebra II
  2. Mathematics
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed project-based learning units to increase student involvement and achievement in an innovative Geometry/ Algebra II class
  • Established a positive learning environment that encourages individual growth and motivates students to achieve optimal performance levels in Mathematics.
  • Attended a variety of Professional Development workshops centered on learning goals, classroom management, Common Core Standards implementation and literacy.
  • Have also worked collaboratively with a special education teacher in a co-taught geometry classroom.
  • Developed lesson plans, maintained detailed records, communicated necessary information to students, colleagues and parents, coached extracurricular events.

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Math Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

49.3%

Male

46.1%

Unknown

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

9.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.9%

French

11.4%

Chinese

5.4%

Mandarin

5.1%

Arabic

5.0%

Russian

4.4%

Portuguese

3.9%

German

3.4%

Korean

2.5%

Japanese

2.1%

Hindi

1.6%

Cantonese

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Urdu

1.1%

Turkish

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Polish

0.8%

Greek

0.6%

Swahili

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%
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Math Teacher Education

Schools

Nova Southeastern University

8.2%

Grand Canyon University

7.9%

Walden University

6.5%

Texas A&M University

5.5%

Arizona State University

5.5%

National University

5.4%

University of Central Florida

5.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.1%

Wayne State University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.5%

Eastern Michigan University

4.4%

Western Governors University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Liberty University

4.1%

Florida State University

4.1%

Georgia State University

4.0%

University of Florida

3.9%

University of Arizona

3.9%

Florida Atlantic University

3.8%
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Majors

Mathematics

23.3%

Education

15.2%

Elementary Education

11.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

9.3%

Educational Leadership

6.4%

Business

5.7%

Secondary Education And Teaching

4.8%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.8%

Special Education

2.8%

Accounting

2.7%

Computer Science

2.2%

Educational Technology

1.8%

Psychology

1.7%

Statistics

1.7%

Physics

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Mathematics And Computer Science

1.4%

Economics

1.4%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%

Chemistry

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

45.1%

Bachelors

42.6%

Certificate

5.4%

Doctorate

2.8%

Associate

1.9%

High School Diploma

1.0%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.4%
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