My state allows teachers to add certification just by taking the corresponding Praxis II test. I've been seriously mulling over the idea of taking the Middle School Math and Math Content Praxis tests, to get middle and secondary math certification. Don't get me wrong... I love elementary kids. It's definitely my favorite age group to work with. I love their natural curiosity, their desire to please, the way they light up with new knowledge. I love seeing them grow into the adults they will one day be. But... more and more, I'm also seeing that I just really don't like teaching Language Arts as much as I like teaching math and science. I don't think I'm bad at it, but the passion isn't there like it is for math and science. I find myself constantly refining, experimenting, and trying new things in math and science, while I largely end up relying on "same old, same old" with Language Arts. I take the lead on the team for designing math and science lessons and units, I set the pacing, I take the lead on creating assessments... and I let my teammates take the lead for Language Arts. Whenever I receive an administrator evaluation, it's always noted how good I am at math. So that brings me to the idea of switching to math. Teaching middle school would require a lot of adjustment, while going to high school (at least above trigonometry) would require taking a few college level courses to make sure I was really solid with the curriculum, but the idea has been appealing to me more and more. Passing the middle school math Praxis doesn't concern me at all... I've taken a practice test from a practice study book, and got a perfect score... the Math Content test would be a little bit scarier, but I'd probably tackle that at a later point. Has anyone else ever made a similar jump before? Are there any factors I'm seriously overlooking? Does anyone have any suggestions on how I could teach seventh grade math to third graders?