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Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.Education
Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.
Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.
Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.
Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.Other Experience
Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.
In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.
In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.
Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.
Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.Advancement
A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.
Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.
Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.Important Qualities
Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.
Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.
Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.
Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.
Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.
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University of Alabama6.8%
University of Colorado at Boulder6.8%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro6.8%
University of Utah5.8%
University of Florida4.9%
University of Alabama at Birmingham4.9%
Nova Southeastern University4.9%
University of Southern Mississippi4.9%
University of Pennsylvania4.9%
Colorado State University4.9%
Oregon State University3.9%
North Carolina State University3.9%
University of South Florida3.9%
Georgia Southern University3.9%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor3.9%
University of California - San Diego3.9%
University of Nebraska - Lincoln3.9%
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|Molecular Biology Instructor||Yeshiva University||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2010||$166,960|
|Instructor of Molecular Biology||Yeshiva University||New York, NY||Sep 27, 2011||$166,960|
|Biology Instructor||Saint Paul College||Saint Paul, MN||Feb 01, 2011||$77,803|
|Visiting Instructor of Biology||University of Pittsburgh||Bradford, PA||Sep 01, 2012||$70,500|
|Biology Instructor||BRD of Rgnts, Nv Sys of Higher Edu, Great Basin College||Pahrump, NV||Sep 29, 2014||$70,323|
|Instructor I, Biology||Lamar University||Beaumont, TX||May 16, 2016||$64,229|
|Assis.Professor/Instructor of Biology||Liberty University, Inc.||Lynchburg, VA||Nov 21, 2012||$59,737|
|Biology Instructor||Minnesota State Colleges & Universities||White Bear Lake, MN||Aug 22, 2015||$59,676|
|Biology Instructor||Faulkner University||Montgomery, AL||Aug 11, 2014||$58,913|
|Biology Instructor||Faulkner University||Montgomery, AL||Aug 21, 2014||$58,913|
|Biology Instructor||The Victoria College||Victoria, TX||Apr 14, 2014||$55,453|
|Instructor I, Biology||Lamar University||Beaumont, TX||May 16, 2016||$53,524|
|Biology Instructor||Board of Regents Nevada System of Higher Education||Pahrump, NV||Jul 27, 2016||$52,863|
|Biology Instructor||East Central College||Union, MO||Oct 01, 2014||$51,351|
|Biology Instructor||Minnesota State Colleges & Universities||White Bear Lake, MN||Aug 22, 2012||$51,000|
|Biology Instructor||Saint Paul College||Saint Paul, MN||Feb 01, 2011||$51,000|
|Visiting Instructor of Biology||Hollins University||Roanoke, VA||Jul 16, 2016||$50,450|
|Biology Instructor||East Central College||Union, MO||Sep 30, 2011||$50,344|
|Instructor-Biochemistry and Molecular Biology||East Tennessee State University||Johnson City, TN||May 01, 2012||$48,256|
|Instructor of Biology||James Madison University||Harrisonburg, VA||Aug 25, 2011||$48,000|
|Instructor of Biology||Clarion University of Pennsylvania||Clarion, PA||Aug 20, 2016||$46,610|
|Instructor of Biology||The Hotchkiss School||Lakeville, CT||Sep 13, 2013||$46,110|
|Instructor of Biology||The Hotchkiss School||Lakeville, CT||Aug 01, 2013||$46,110|
|Biology Instructor||Coastal Bend College||Beeville, TX||Sep 15, 2016||$45,000|
|Instructor In Biology/Physiology||University of Central Missouri||Warrensburg, MO||Oct 08, 2016||$45,000|
|Biology Instructor||Hesston College||Hesston, KS||Sep 04, 2015||$44,870|
|Instructor of Biology||The Hotchkiss School||Lakeville, CT||Aug 01, 2012||$44,600|
|Biology Instructor||North Iowa Area Community College||Mason City, IA||Aug 13, 2012||$44,000|
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