If you’re looking to teach in a location that will provide you with more opportunities to engage with students one-on-one, then you might want to consider becoming a math teacher in Texas. The “Lone Star” state boasts a respectable student-to-teacher ratio of 15.8 students per teacher, just a hair under the national average of 16:1. Texas is also experiencing a shortage in math teachers in grades 7–12, which means there’s an active demand to fill these positions with talented, passionate and highly-trained educators.
Math Teacher Certification in Texas
Math Teaching Qualifications
In order to qualify for initial certification, prospective teachers must hold a bachelor’s degree and complete any/all required undergraduate coursework; complete a state-approved teacher preparation program; and pass the required examinations (including the Praxis II tests).
Credentials & Exams
- One-Year Certificate: Prospective teachers who are waiting to complete the requirements for the Texas Standard Teaching Certificate are eligible to apply for this one-year non-renewable license. Note: all requirements for moving on to the regular teaching certificate must be completed while the one-year license is valid.
- Standard Certificate: Once candidates have met all the specified requirements, they may apply for Texas’ Standard Teaching Certificate.
- Reciprocity: Teachers issued a license from another state or jurisdiction may apply for a teaching certificate through Texas’ reciprocity program. In order to qualify, applicants must provide proof of issuance of an out-of-state teaching certificate; scores for the requisite examinations; and transcripts.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Alternative Certification Program (ACP): Texas also offers a variety of alternative routes to earning a teaching certificate, many of which allow students/applicants to get firsthand experience as an intern during the program. Click here for more information on becoming a teacher through ACP.
Financial Aid for TX Math Teachers
- Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance: This loan repayment program is intended to draw talented individuals into the teaching profession to help address shortages in specified content areas, including mathematics. Maximum awards are distributed up to $2,500.
- T.E.A.C.H. Texas Scholarships: Scholarships are available for Child Development Associate (CDA) Assessment Fees, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees. T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship applications are accepted on an on-going basis and as funding allows.
Math Teaching Degrees in Texas
Below we've listed all of the Texas 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 Texas Math Teachers
Texas Education Agency
1701 N Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
Texas has not adopted the Common Core Standards. Learn more about math standards for Texas here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathTexas reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 7-12.
Expenditure per Student: $7,886
Texas’ public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $7,886, or 71.3% of the national average. (Source: NEA)