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Become A Math Teacher

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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

  • $49,107

    Average Salary

What Does A Math Teacher Do

A Math Teacher teaches math to groups of students and ensures that all lessons are planned with clear aims and objectives. They work in classrooms of elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

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.


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.


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.


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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Real Math Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mathematics Teacher La Scuola D'Italia New York, NY Jan 03, 2015 $141,394
Math Teacher Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, Inc. Princeton, NJ Dec 09, 2016 $100,000
Mathematics Teacher East Orange Board of Education East Orange, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $95,420
Math Teacher Scholar Tutorials, LLC Edison, NJ Sep 29, 2016 $92,000
Mathematics Teacher Anne Arundel County Public Schools Annapolis, MD Nov 10, 2015 $90,665
Mathematics Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jul 01, 2015 $89,021
Certificated Teacher, Mathematics Sequoia Union High School District Atherton, CA Aug 15, 2016 $87,779
Mathematics Teacher Trinity Episcopal School Corporation New York, NY Aug 31, 2015 $87,650
Mathematics Teacher-Secondary Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jun 17, 2015 $87,532
Mathematics Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jul 04, 2016 $87,489

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Top Skills for A Math Teacher


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Top Math Teacher Skills

  1. Algebra II
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Taught Geometry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented daily, differentiated lessons using backwards design for Algebra I and Algebra II.
  • Maintained classroom management using the Responsive Classroom methodology.
  • Tutored math and science at the middle and high school levels.Taught geometry night school.
  • Designed, developed, and implemented courses in coordination with mathematics curriculum
  • Prepared daily and weekly lesson plans in according with Arizona Academic Standards for Algebra and Geometry classes.

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