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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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Texas A&M University7.0%
University of Texas at Austin7.0%
University of Florida7.0%
Western Governors University6.1%
University of Maine5.3%
Arizona State University5.3%
Western Michigan University5.3%
Tennessee State University5.3%
University of New Hampshire4.4%
University of North Texas4.4%
George Washington University4.4%
Virginia Commonwealth University4.4%
Seton Hall University4.4%
Loyola Marymount University4.4%
University of Virginia4.4%
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez3.5%
University of Akron3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||Miami University||Oxford, OH||Jun 17, 2013||$175,000|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||New York University||New York, NY||Sep 18, 2014||$94,000|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||University of Utah||Salt Lake City, UT||Feb 14, 2013||$92,000|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||The University of Akron||Akron, OH||Dec 17, 2013||$90,000|
|Chemistry Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Aug 09, 2016||$85,700|
|Chemistry Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Oct 17, 2016||$84,658|
|Chemistry Teacher-Secondary||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jul 31, 2015||$83,820|
|Chemistry Teacher-Secondary||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jun 24, 2015||$83,820|
|Chemistry Teacher||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||May 08, 2016||$83,618|
|Chemistry Teacher-Secondary||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jan 07, 2016||$83,618|
|Chemistry Teacher||Holton Arms School Inc.||Bethesda, MD||Jul 01, 2014||$83,375|
|Chemistry Teacher-Secondary||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Jul 01, 2015||$82,790|
|Chemistry Teacher-Secondary||Baltimore City Public Schools||Baltimore, MD||Aug 24, 2015||$82,790|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||California Baptist University||Riverside, CA||Apr 02, 2014||$69,920|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||State University of New York at Binghamton||Binghamton, NY||Jun 13, 2014||$68,000|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||Washington State University||Pullman, WA||Sep 05, 2013||$68,000|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||University of Nevada, Reno||Reno, NV||Jan 08, 2014||$67,500|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||The University of Texas at Arlington||Arlington, TX||Mar 24, 2014||$67,500|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||University of Massachusetts Lowell||Lowell, MA||Sep 06, 2013||$67,260|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||Pace University||New York, NY||Jul 30, 2014||$66,000|
|Chemistry Teacher||Saint Joseph Preparatory High School||Boston, MA||Jan 08, 2016||$65,000|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||Georgia Southern University||Statesboro, GA||Sep 15, 2014||$56,980|
|Chemistry Teacher||Victor Valley Union High School District||Victorville, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$56,751|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||Georgia Gwinnett College||Lawrenceville, GA||Sep 20, 2013||$56,000|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||St. Mary's University||San Antonio, TX||Sep 19, 2013||$56,000|
|Secondary School Chemistry Teacher||Atlanta International School||Atlanta, GA||Aug 17, 2016||$55,000 -
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||University of Massachusetts Amherst||Amherst, MA||Sep 17, 2014||$53,859|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||Saginaw Valley State Universtiy||Center, MI||Feb 21, 2014||$53,500|
|Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary||Southwestern Adventist University||Keene, TX||Jun 06, 2013||$53,000|
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