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How do I become a Math Teacher?

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From: Claire (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Nov 21, 2007 at 14:58:16
Subject: Re: How do I become a Math Teacher?

Hi, Michelles --

Thanks for writing to T2T. I applaud your desire to be a math teacher!

Each state has its own standards for obtaining a teaching license. You need
to decide in which state you want to work, and then contact the department of
education in that state to learn what they require. Many states have that
information available online. It will usually involve some combination of
coursework and practical, supervised classroom experience.

You should at the same time find out about reciprocity with other states.
Some have mutual agreements to accept the certification of another state.
That could be useful in thinking about mobility.

In some states there are teacher preparation programs designed especially for
people with bachelor's degrees in other fields who are changing careers. The
state office you contact should be able to steer you toward whose kinds of
programs. They can jumpstart you through the process. Make sure whatever you
do gives you plenty of first hand observation and classroom experience with
real kids.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck.

 -Claire, for the T2T service

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