If you love working with numbers and want to share this important life skill with the next generation of young people, becoming a math teacher may be for you.
While pursuing a teaching certificate may seem challenging, especially if you are changing careers, the good news is that alternative teacher certification programs have a curriculum in place designed to accommodate students who find themselves in a wide variety of life circumstances.
Whether you’re looking for a career change, wanting to get back into the workforce after retirement or staying at home with kids, or are looking for another rewarding career after serving in the military, becoming a teacher can be incredibly rewarding.
Teaching math, in particular, can open the door to many opportunities since STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is considered to be one of the most in demand teaching jobs in Texas.
In fact, you may find teaching bonuses and other incentives like educational loan forgiveness from districts across the state of Texas as they compete for the best mathematics teachers.
If you’re not yet convinced that there is a path for you to become a math teacher, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we encounter about certification programs and the process of earning a teaching certificate.
There is almost always a path for you to earn a certificate to teach mathematics, whether you have an undergraduate degree, work experience or a combination of both.
It’s important to check with your alternative teacher certification program to determine whether your educational and/or work background qualifies you for that particular program, but in general, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) sets these minimum requirements:
For those who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, you must:
Important note: If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement or the number of semester credit hours in math as outlined above, after Jan. 26, 2020, you must take a TxPACT exam. Up until this day, you can take a TExES content exam that will allow you to enroll in an alternative teacher certification program. We discuss this change later in this article, as well as in our article, Breaking News: TExES Exam Rules Changing.
For those with an associate’s degree, you must:
For those without a degree, you must:
Online teacher certification programs definitely have their perks, especially if you lead a busy life by working another job, taking care of loved ones or both.
An online program offers:
While there are many benefits to online programs, it’s important to weigh any negative aspects as well when determining whether an online setting is right for you. Online programs don’t:
So what is the solution if you find yourself liking the benefits of an online program, but disliking the negative aspects that also come with one? Look for an alternative teacher certification program that offers the best of both worlds, like ECAP.
A program that offers the flexibility of online training and the benefits of face-to-face interaction will capture the right balance and provide a more comprehensive experience for you.
If you haven’t heard, the state of Texas has changed the rules involving when you can take the TExES content exams.
This impacts you if you have not yet passed your content exam(s) and signed enrollment documents by Jan. 26, 2020. After this date, you will be subject to new rules that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is implementing for admitting new first-year teacher candidates.
You can read about these new rules in our article, Breaking News: TExES Exam Rules Changing.
If you’re too late and you’re reading this article on or after Jan. 27, not to worry. ECAP will work with you to ensure you get in front of a classroom as soon as possible and fulfill your dream of becoming a math teacher.
Micah is the Director of Curriculum & Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature, from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Teaching, from Louisiana College. In his previous career, Micah served for 14 years as a banker and bank manager. For the majority of this period, Micah managed the Downtown Fort Worth location of Frost Bank. In 2005, Micah finally surrendered to his true calling to be an educator. After a brief, but fulfilling term teaching high school English at Flower Mound High School in Lewisville ISD, Micah went to work for the family business, training teachers.