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Becoming a High School Math Teacher in Florida

Prospective math teachers will need to meet and maintain Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS) and pass a series of requirements and exams. Read on to find out more about being a high school teacher in Florida and the specific requirements to obtain certification.

Florida High School Teacher Information

In order to become a certified math teacher in the state of Florida, there are several requirements you will need to meet. As well as completing a certification preparation program, you will need to meet certain educational requirements and pass both general exams and those specific to teaching math.

Educational Requirements Bachelor's degree
Exam Requirements Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge (GK) Test; Florida Educational Leadership Examination; FTCE Professional Education Test; FTCE SAE Mathematics 6-12
License ValidityProfessional Certificate: renew every five years
Average Florida High School Teacher Salary (2018) $54,120 per year*
Estimated Job Growth for All High School Teachers Nationwide (2016-26)8%*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Description

Florida high school math teachers develop lesson plans, tests, and homework material, grade papers, and facilitate discussions about math and its various concepts. They are also tasked with preparing students for Florida's standardized test regimen. Additional duties often include supervising homerooms and study halls and meeting with parents, as well as the potential option to proctor afterschool clubs and activities.

Education Requirements

In order to become a high school math teacher in the state of Florida, you must first obtain a bachelor's degree with a major in math or obtain a bachelor's degree with demonstrated competence in math. For secondary educators, this includes completing at least 30 semester hours in mathematics. At least six of those hours will need to be in calculus, with documented completion of credit hours in other core concept areas, including algebra, geometry, and statistics.

Demonstrating General Knowledge Proficiency

The Florida Department of Education requires teachers to pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE). The first of these is a General Knowledge (GK) test which includes an essay section, an English language skills section, a reading section, and a mathematics section. If you hold a valid teaching certificate from another U.S. state or territory, this can be used in lieu of the exam to demonstrate your general knowledge. You can also document at least two semesters' worth of college teaching experience or document high scores on a recently taken GRE test.

Completing an Approved Math Educator Preparation Program

The most straightforward route to becoming licensed as an Approved Math Educator in Florida is through the completion of a state-approved Initial Teacher Preparation Program (ITP). These programs are integrated into your undergraduate or graduate coursework, so earning your bachelor's degree through one of these state-approved programs is a very common route. Alternatively, you can also go through a state-approved Educator Preparation Institute (EPI), which is common for recent graduates who didn't participate in an ITP while earning their degrees. If you do not complete one of these programs, you will need to instead pass a series of certification exams, including the Professional Education test and Florida Educational Leadership Examination, regarding teaching practice, theory, and leadership standards for educators.

Passing the Special Area Examination

There are 39 SAE tests, but you will only need to take the Mathematics 6-12 (026) to be certified to teach math at a secondary school level. This test consists of 75 multiple-choice questions. You will be tested on core math subjects such as algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, as well as instruction and assessment. Any of these computer-based tests (CBT) can be taken at one of Florida's many CBT testing sites. After passing these exams and meeting the requirements, you can request a Professional Certificate which is valid for five school years, at which point it can be renewed through your school district office.