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Become A Biology Teacher

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Working As A Biology Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $58,316

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Biology Teacher does

  • Introduced new Biology and Earth Science curriculum which increased State Biology test scores by 20%.
  • Designed and implemented a unit work for Year 10 Science on topic Genetics .
  • Assisted with state testing, graduation, meetings, presentations, training & professional development.
  • Instructed grades 9-12 in biology, honors biology, and Advanced Placement biology.
  • Created labs, scope, and sequence for 9th grade Biology in collaboration with 9th grade teachers.
  • Served as tutor in after school lab classes for the Biology and Geo-Science Department.
  • Involved in after school tutoring of mathematics for state standardized test.
  • Prepare weekly lesson plans and progress reports.
  • Set up lab experiments and demonstrations.
  • Instruct high school Anatomy & Physiology, and Biology Honors classes.
  • Partnered with special education teacher to teach general science and biology subjects utilizing a full inclusion model.
  • Designed and instructed the following courses: biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology lab.
  • Mentor other colleagues in teaching methods and classroom management.
  • Involved with IEP and 504 plan writing and implementation.
  • Selected as Lead Biology Teacher to collaborate in the construction of the Year End Biology Exam.
  • Coordinated and instructed all lectures for general biology to 5 freshmen classes.
  • Incorporated chemistry, biology and food science (sensory) methods.
  • Utilize Microsoft PowerPoint and Publisher to achieve high student success outcomes.
  • Maintained a positive and safe learning environment for all students.
  • Job description: Taught Biology to regular and special needs students at the high school level.

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How To Become A Biology Teacher

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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Biology Teacher Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    60.9%
  • Male

    35.5%
  • Unknown

    3.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    75.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.4%
  • Asian

    9.8%
  • Unknown

    2.9%
  • Black or African American

    1.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    43.3%
  • French

    12.6%
  • German

    5.5%
  • Russian

    4.7%
  • Mandarin

    3.9%
  • Chinese

    3.9%
  • Japanese

    3.1%
  • Arabic

    3.1%
  • Hindi

    3.1%
  • Gujarati

    2.4%
  • Portuguese

    2.4%
  • Urdu

    2.4%
  • Polish

    2.4%
  • Dutch

    1.6%
  • Indonesian

    1.6%
  • Swedish

    0.8%
  • Swahili

    0.8%
  • Turkish

    0.8%
  • Samoan

    0.8%
  • Hopi

    0.8%
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Real Biology Teacher Salaries

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 -
$82,769
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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Top Skills for A Biology Teacher

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Top Biology Teacher Skills

  1. Science Curriculum
  2. Weekly Lesson Plans
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Introduced new Biology and Earth Science curriculum which increased State Biology test scores by 20%.
  • Developed and implemented weekly lesson plans and interactive educational exercises.
  • Gained experience in classroom management, test administration and student discipline.
  • Job description: Taught Biology to regular and special needs students at the high school level.
  • Played an instrumental role in collecting anatomy models for student center

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