When it comes to education, Washington is a mixed bag. It offer numerous routes to certification, including alternative routes and reciprocity options. You’ll also find myriad professional development associations, conferences and organizations, including those focused exclusively on teachers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Scholarship and incentivized borrowing options are also available to help defray teachers’ costs of education and professional training.
While these and other characteristics make Washington a great location for any up-and-coming math teacher, the state’s education system falls short in the areas of teacher compensation, school funding and student-to-teacher ratios. For instance, it’s worth noting that Washington is ranked last in average teacher compensation among West Coast states, and 24th in the nation. Washington’s student-to-teacher ratio of 18.5:1 puts it right near the bottom of the list. It also ranks low (41/50) in terms of per-pupil spending.
Math Teacher Certification in Washington
Math Teaching Qualifications
In order to qualify for a Washington teaching credential, all teachers are required to complete the requisite undergraduate coursework, hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher), pass the required standardized professional teaching examinations and complete an approved teacher preparation program.
Credentials & Exams
- Testing Requirements: In order to qualify as a certified teaching in Washington, prospective teachers must complete the Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic) or Pre Professional Skills Test and any required Subject Area Competence assessments (Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsements).
- Initial License: This initial teaching license is issued to prospective teachers who have completed an approved teacher preparation program ,or an alternative approved program, along with other specified testing requirements.
- Residency/Reciprocity Certificate: This initial license is issued to prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and have completed an approved teacher preparation program. For the reciprocity certificate, candidates must have a minimum of three years experience and hold a valid teaching certificate from another state or jurisdiction.
- Professional Certificate: This advanced level regular certificate is the next level after the Residency certificate. In order to qualify, candidates must complete a Pro Teach Portfolio or a comparable program in another state OR hold National Board Certification.
- Emergency Certificate: This certificate is issued to candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree and “substantially completed” a teacher preparation program, but have not met the full requirements for the Residency certificate in the event that the school is unable to fill a vacancy with a regular certified teacher.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Alternate/Limited Teaching Certificate: Washington also issue alternate/limited teaching certificates in areas where there are insufficient certified teachers to fill vacant positions.
Financial Aid for WA Math Teachers
- The Martinez Foundation-WSU Master in Teaching Scholarship: In order to qualify for this scholarship awards, students must be from a “diverse ethnic and cultural background” and must be accepted into the Master in Teaching Program at Washington State University College of Education.
- Educator Retooling Program: This program awards funding from the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) to teachers to pursue a mathematics endorsement.
- Nate Nance Scholarship: This scholarship award is offered by the EWU Mathematics Department for juniors or seniors working as secondary pre-service teachers.
Salaries for Math Teachers in Washington
Below is a table containing 2013 data from the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) showing average annual wages for Washington 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 Washington are as follows:
- Secondary School Teachers in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA: average of $62,810 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Spokane, WA: average of $62,060 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA: average of $62,030 per year
- Middle School Teachers in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA: average of $61,880 per year
- Secondary School Teachers in Bremerton-Silverdale, WA: average of $61,870 per year
|Location||Elementary School Teachers||Kindergarten Teachers||Middle School Teachers||Secondary School Teachers|
|Lewiston, ID-WA||$48,750||$48,280||not provided||not provided|
|Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA||$59,960||$54,220||$62,030||$61,100|
|Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA||$58,390||$54,190||$60,750||$61,130|
Math Teaching Degrees in Washington
Below we've listed all of the Washington 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 Washington Math Teachers
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 47200600 Washington St. S.E
Olympia, WA 98504
Common Core Standards adopted July 2011; implemented 2014-15. Learn more about math standards for Washington here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathWashington reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in grades 7-12.
Expenditure per Student: $10,313
Washington’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $10,313, or 93.2% of the national average. (Source: NEA)