Are you an Employer?    Attract the Best Candidates with Smart Job Postings!
Search Education Resumes
The Largest Collection of Jobs on Earth | EducationCrossing
Need Help? Call (800) 680-7345  

Job Seeker Login   Employer Login 

Job Seekers? Try it Now  

Search Education Jobs
Browse Education Jobs
Post Education Jobs
Attention Employers - Only EmploymentCrossing Posts Your Jobs to Over 500+ Other Job Sites. TRY IT FREE!
Education Jobs >> Education Articles >> Education Career Feature >> How to Get a Job as a Mathematics Teacher
  • Education Career Feature

How to Get a Job as a Mathematics Teacher

Printable Version PDF Version Email to a Friend 3 Views

If you want to get a job as a Mathematics teacher, you need to have an in-depth knowledge of Math as it applies to the curriculum of the grade you wish to teach. You do need to hold either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts with a major concentration in Math. This concentration could be in Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. Then you need to graduate from a teacher preparation program. If the university you attend has n Education department, you can get all the courses you need at this institution. In order to be admitted to the teacher preparation program you must take and pass the Praxis Basic Skills Assessment test in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

For the most part, a Mathematics teacher works at the junior high and high school levels. However, you can still specialize in Math and teach elementary grades. When you take the exams needed for certification in your state, you do have several options open to you. You should make this decision when you enroll in the teacher-training program, as you will have to take methods courses in either elementary, middle school of secondary. However, you can still be eligible to write the content exams to be certified to teach Math in addition to taking the exams for the elementary grades.

As a Mathematics teacher, you will spend most of your time teaching about numbers in pre-algebra, algebra and geometry courses. With a background in Math you will be well prepared to meet the demands of the curriculum and be able to design lessons that meet the mandated outcomes of the various courses. Math is one of the areas in which there are critical shortages of teachers, especially at the junior high and high school levels. Thus, you will not have much difficulty getting a job no matter which state you want to teach in.

As you progress in your job as a mathematics teacher, you will be able to advance and attain professional and advanced teaching certificates. A background in Math is a good thing to have if you aspire to the position of principal of a school. This is because one of the major responsibilities of this position is to understand the budget process for school operation. Developing and maintaining a budget for the school is one area that often causes the most stress for school principals, especially if the school is not in an affluent area.

Mathematics teachers often progress beyond the regular school system to become instructors and professors at colleges and universities. Just as the regular school system has problems hiring qualified personnel to fill these positions, so do the institutions of higher learning. When working as a math professor, you will have opportunities to engage in research and develop courses in Math for the students. If preparing lessons is something you find that you enjoy, you can help out other teachers by writing textbooks or posting sample lessons online for them to use.

If this article has helped you in some way, will you say thanks by sharing it through a share, like, a link, or an email to someone you think would appreciate the reference.

Popular tags:

 graduates  curriculum  Bachelor of Science  courses  mathematics  lessons  concentrations  writing  institutions  Bachelor of Arts

Facebook comments:


Thank you for this article. It was helpful!
Marilee Janzen

date: 08-04-2009
add comments

Related articles

 The Value of an MBA in Today's Job Market
 Wondering How to Conduct an International Job Search?
 Job Fairs: A Valuable Tool for Your Job Search
 Enroll in National Teacher Certification Program to Get Hired
 How to Get a Teaching Job in Florida
 How the National Teacher Certification Program Can Advance Your Teaching Career
 How to Get a Teaching Job in Nevada
 Steps to Take to Get a Job as a K-12 Teacher
 Take Advantage of the Many Job Resources For Teachers in California
 What are the Requirements for a Teaching Job?

You've Always Been in Charge: Now Take Charge of Your Education Career

As a hard-working and dependable natural leader, you have always worked hard to help those around you grow and become self-sufficient. We share your dedication to excellence, and to community service. Our mission is to research and consolidate jobs from every education career page, company and organization career page, and every other source we can find. Our dedicated staff of job researchers has no tolerance for inefficiency or incompetence. Like you, we understand the importance of giving people the tools to achieve success and that is why we want to make sure you know about every possible job opening in the education field.

In order to ensure that we bring you unbiased results and meet our own high standards, we will never accept any money from an advertiser for job postings. The job listings you see are the results of our own exhaustive research and will never be influenced by outside sources.

We give you the tools to pursue your career options in an ordered, structured and thorough manner.
Tell us where to send your access instructions:

Your Email:     
total jobs
on EducationCrossing
new jobs this week
on EducationCrossing
total jobs
on EmploymentCrossing network available to our members
job type count
on EducationCrossing
top 5 job searches

Your privacy is guaranteed. We will never give out, lease, or sell your personal information.