Nestled in America’s Mid-Atlantic region, Pennsylvania is an ideal location for anyone looking to begin or continue their career as a math educator. Teacher salaries are higher than most other areas of the country, and the state is serious about investing in students – spending more than $14,000 per pupil in 2012-13. Pennsylvania also offers options for reciprocal licensing and alternative pathways to certification, making it a great choice for beginners and seasoned pros alike!
Math Teacher Certification in Pennsylvania
Math Teaching Qualifications
The basic requirements needed for certification as a classroom teacher in Pennsylvania include a bachelor’s degree, completion of an approved teacher education program and successful completion of the Praxis I and II tests.
Credentials & Exams
Pennsylvania offers two levels of traditional certification:
- Level I License: This six-year license is issued to new teachers who have met the state’s minimum requirements for classroom teachers.
- Level II License: Candidates can advances to the Level II license upon completion of six years of teaching service under a Level I License, at which point successful candidates will complete a minimum of 23 credits of graduate coursework and undergo a school-sponsored induction program.
Reciprocity: Pennsylvania has reciprocity with 45 states. Each candidate’s application for a reciprocal teaching certificate is reviewed by the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality, whose members will determine whether the candidate can advance to regular certification or else fulfill any missing requirements.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Pennsylvania recognizes several alternative routes to teacher certification, including American Boards of Certification for Teacher Excellence alternative certification and the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows program. Pennsylvania also participates in the Pennsylvania and New York Troops to Teachers program.
Financial Aid for PA Math Teachers
- Workforce Advancement Grant for Education (WAGE): This program offers financial assistance in the form of grants to Pennsylvania workers interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree program.
- Quality Early Education Loan Forgiveness: In order to qualify for this student loan forgiveness program, applicants must have earned a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in early childhood education (or related field) and secure/maintain a full-time position at an approved day care facility.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Pennsylvania
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Pennsylvania teachers at various grade levels. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.
The red and green text in the table shows whether the salary is above or below the national average for that grade level.
In terms of annual income, the top grade level & city combos in Pennsylvania are as follows:
- Secondary School Teachers in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA: average of $79,220 per year
- Middle School Teachers in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA: average of $76,500 per year
- Elementary School Teachers in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA: average of $74,650 per year
- Kindergarten Teachers in New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA: average of $66,940 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in York-Hanover, PA: average of $66,780 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Erie, PA||$56,180||not provided||$55,230||not provided|
|Lebanon, PA||$60,670||not provided||$64,740||$59,070|
|New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA||$74,650||$66,940||$76,500||$79,220|
|State College, PA||$55,880||not provided||$61,770||$55,360|
|Williamsport, PA||$62,630||$56,320||not provided||$60,430|
Math Teaching Degrees in Pennsylvania
Below we've listed all of the Pennsylvania math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Pennsylvania Math Teachers
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market St.
Harrisburg, PA 17126
Common Core Standards adopted July 2010; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Pennsylvania here.
Teacher Shortages in MathPennsylvania reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 6-8.
Expenditure per Student: $14,467
Pennsylvania’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $14,467, or 130.7% of the national average. (Source: NEA)