If you enjoy math, then you should consider a career as a math teacher. You should also consider becoming a math teacher, if you want a stable career. There is a shortage of math teachers in several states. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for high school teachers was $61,660 in May 2019. Employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029.
To become a math teacher, you need to become a math major and take the following education courses, while obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics.
- TCH-ED 160- Introduction to Teaching (offered Fall and Spring)
- TCH-ED 403- Educational Psychology (offered Fall, Spring and Summer)
- TCH-ED 420 Adolescent Development and the School (offered Fall)
- TCH-ED 312 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Education (offered Fall- may be able to add Spring or Summer)
- TCH-ED 404 Education of the Exceptional Child (offered Fall, Spring and Summer)
- TCH-ED 314 Teaching English Language Learners (offered Fall)
After obtaining the Math & Stat bachelor’s degree and completing the above-mentioned course work, you need to spend a year to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching and become a certified teacher.
The Teacher Education Assistance For College And Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. For more information please visit TEACH Grant and UMKC TEACH Grant.