How to Become a Math Teacher in Illinois

Math teachers in Illinois typically educate students at the middle and high school levels. Find out how to become a math teacher, including the state's education and test requirements. Schools offering Teaching - Math degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Illinois Math Teacher Career Information

To become a math teacher in Illinois, you must first obtain a professional educator license with a math endorsement. Continue reading to find out more about the specific requirements for the license, such as education and exams.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree and state-approved teacher preparation program; approved coursework in teaching exceptional children, teaching English learners, and reading; student teaching experience
Exam Requirements Basic skills test; edTPA; ILTS math subject test
License Renewal Period Five years
CEU Credits Required for Renewal 120 hours of professional development
Average Salary (2018) $63,860 (middle school); $72,370 (high school)*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026) 8% (middle and high school, nationwide)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Explore the Job Description

Math teachers design curricula, develop teaching plans, and instruct students about different mathematical topics, which can include general math, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus. They create tests, homework assignments, and classroom projects to help students learn about math. Middle school teachers in Illinois generally have classes that cover grades 5 through 8, while high school teachers have classes in grades 9 through 12.

Meet Education Requirements

All prospective math teachers in Illinois must have at least a bachelor's degree and complete a teacher preparation program. Students typically fulfill this requirement by earning a degree in mathematics education from an approved program. Math education programs typically include coursework in algebra, geometry, calculus, computing, and teaching mathematics.

Prospective teachers also must take classes that include the following areas: cross-categorical special education methods, reading methods, reading in the content area, and ESL/bilingual methods. The Illinois State Board of Education provides a list of pre-approved courses, but other courses may also qualify. Students should check with their programs to determine whether they have fulfilled this requirement.

Earn the Required Experience

As part of the license requirements, all prospective teachers must have student teaching experience. This requirement is generally fulfilled while completing a teacher preparation program. Teacher preparation programs typically include observation hours at a local school and field experience as a student teacher. Prospective teachers increase their classroom responsibilities in curriculum planning, student assessment, and teaching during these placements.

Fulfill Exam Requirements

All prospective teachers must pass a basic skills test before becoming licensed. Before June 30, 2019, applicants have the option to take the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), which is a four-part test. After that date, applicants must have an ACT score of 22 (writing score of 6) or an SAT score of 1110 (writing and language score of 26) to fulfill this requirement.

Those interested in teaching math at the middle school level must take the ILTS Middle Grades Mathematics subject test, while those interested in teaching high school math must take the ILTS Mathematics subject test. The passing score is 240 for each exam, and both include 100 multiple-choice questions. Once student teachers complete their student teaching requirement, they must also take the edTPA exam and receive a minimum score of 39.

Meet Renewal Requirements

The professional educator license with a math endorsement is valid for five years. To renew the license, teachers must complete at least 120 hours of professional development from an approved provider. Teachers can view a list of approved providers on the state's Board of Education website.

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