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High school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.Education
All states require public high school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Most states require high school teachers to have majored in a subject area, such as science or history. Teachers typically enroll in their institution’s teacher preparation program and take classes in education and child psychology as well.
In teacher education programs, prospective high school teachers learn how to present information to students and how to work with students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit Teach.org.
Some states require high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification.
Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools typically seek high school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a major in a subject area.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Those who teach in private schools are generally not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.
High school teachers typically are awarded a secondary or high school certification, which allows them to teach the 7th through the 12th grades.
Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to requiring a bachelor’s degree, states require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching, typically gained through student teaching. States also typically require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test, as well as a test that demonstrates their knowledge in the subject they will teach. Some states require teachers to have a minimum grade point average as well. For information on certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.
Often, teachers are required to complete annual professional development classes to keep their license. Some states require teachers to complete a master’s degree after receiving their certification.
All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree but lack the education courses required for certification. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately under the supervision of an experienced teacher. These programs cover teaching methods and child development. After they complete the program, candidates are awarded full certification. Other programs require students to take classes in education before they can teach. Students may be awarded a master’s degree after completing either type of program.Training
In order to receive certification, teachers need to undergo a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. During student teaching, they work with a mentor teacher and gain experience teaching students in a classroom setting. The amount of time required varies by state.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Teachers must collaborate with other teachers and special education teachers. In addition, teachers need to discuss students’ needs with parents and administrators.
Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. High school teachers must be patient when students struggle with material.
Resourcefulness. High school teachers need to explain difficult concepts in terms students can understand. In addition, they must be able to engage students in learning and adapt lessons to each student’s needs.Advancement
Experienced teachers can advance to be mentors or lead teachers. In these positions, they often work with less experienced teachers to help them improve their teaching skills.
With additional education or certification, teachers may become school counselors, school librarians, or instructional coordinators. Some become assistant principals or principals. Becoming a principal usually requires additional instruction in education administration or leadership. For more information, see the profiles on school and career counselors, librarians, instructional coordinators, and elementary, middle, and high school principals.
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Hispanic or Latino10.4%
Black or African American1.6%
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University of South Florida7.4%
George Mason University7.4%
University of Phoenix7.4%
Southern Connecticut State University5.9%
Nova Southeastern University5.9%
Grand Canyon University5.9%
Texas A&M University5.2%
Northern Arizona University4.4%
Grand Valley State University4.4%
University of Louisville4.4%
University of Houston4.4%
Western Governors University4.4%
Johns Hopkins University4.4%
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff3.7%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.7%
University of Maine3.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Biology Teacher-Secondary||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jul 01, 2015||$91,750|
|Biology Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Aug 11, 2016||$89,410|
|Biology Teacher-Secondary||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Oct 01, 2015||$87,649|
|Biology Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jul 01, 2015||$87,483|
|Biology Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Feb 17, 2016||$87,423|
|Biology Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jul 19, 2016||$85,700|
|Biology Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jul 18, 2015||$83,820|
|Biology Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Apr 08, 2016||$83,618|
|Biology Teacher||Vincent Sat Prep, Inc. D/B/A Vincent Sat Prep||Annandale, VA||Mar 09, 2015||$82,570|
|Biology Teacher||Sunrise Academy, Inc. D/B/A Sunrise Academy||Centreville, VA||Jan 29, 2016||$82,320|
|Biology Teacher-Secondary||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Aug 04, 2015||$81,760|
|Biology Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jul 15, 2016||$81,536|
|Biology Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Aug 23, 2016||$80,496|
|Biology Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Feb 07, 2016||$80,496|
|Science/Biology Teacher||Milkyway Education Center, Inc.||Wayne, NJ||Sep 15, 2014||$56,349|
|Secondary School Biology Teacher||Milkyway Education Center, Inc.||Wayne, NJ||Sep 20, 2016||$55,800|
|Secondary School Biology Teacher||Milkyway Education Center, Inc.||Wayne, NJ||Sep 21, 2016||$55,800|
|Biology Teacher||Paterson Charter School for Sci and Tech||Paterson, NJ||Sep 17, 2014||$55,080|
|Science/Biology Teacher||Brooklyn Amity School||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2014||$55,080|
|Biology Teacher||Mitchell County Board of Education||Camilla, GA||Jul 01, 2014||$54,168|
|Biology Teacher||Houston Independent School District||Houston, TX||Sep 23, 2016||$53,250|
|Biology Teacher||Houston Independent School District||Houston, TX||Aug 09, 2016||$53,250|
|Biology Teacher||St. Vincent Ferrer High School||New York, NY||Jan 09, 2016||$47,012|
|Teacher, Biology (High School)||Houston Independent School District||Houston, TX||Jan 12, 2015||$46,805|
|Teacher-Biology||Baltimore City Public School System||Baltimore, MD||Jun 14, 2016||$46,773 -
|Science/Biology Teacher||Hampden Charter School of Science||Chicopee, MA||Sep 17, 2014||$46,030|
|Science/Biology Teacher||Hampden Charter School of Science||Chicopee, MA||Sep 13, 2014||$46,030|
|Biology Teacher||New York City Department of Education||New York, NY||May 15, 2015||$45,530|
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