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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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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Clinical Instructor In Anesthesiology & Perioperative MED.||The Curators of The University of Missouri||Columbia, MO||Jul 01, 2015||$300,000 -
|Clinical Instructor In Anesthesiology & Perioperative MED.||The Curators of The University of Missouri||Columbia, MO||Jan 11, 2015||$300,000 -
|Clinical Instructor--Hospitalist||The University of Kansas Physicians||Kansas City, KS||Jan 07, 2016||$262,500 -
|Clinical Instructor-Hospitalist||The University of Kansas Medical Center||Kansas City, KS||Jan 07, 2016||$262,500 -
|Clinical Instructor||University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation||Madison, WI||Jan 07, 2016||$260,875|
|Clinical Instructor||Tufts University School of Dental Medicine||Boston, MA||Jan 07, 2016||$242,238|
|Clinical Instructor||University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||Aug 22, 2016||$240,000|
|Clinical Instructor||University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||Jun 08, 2016||$240,000|
|Clinical Instructor||University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||Aug 06, 2016||$240,000|
|Clinical Instructor||Leland Stanford Jr, University||Stanford, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$225,000|
|Clinical Instructor||The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University||Stanford, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$225,000|
|Clinical Instructor||University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation||Madison, WI||Jul 01, 2015||$208,700 -
|Visiting Clinical Instructor||University of California, San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||Jul 01, 2015||$151,594|
|Instructor, Clinical Psychiatry||Dartmouth College||Lebanon, NH||Jul 30, 2015||$150,000 -
|Clinical Instructor In Psychiatry||The Curators of The University of Missouri||Columbia, MO||Jul 01, 2015||$146,090 -
|Instructor of Clinical Medicine||LSU Health Sciences Center||Shreveport, LA||Nov 01, 2015||$145,080|
|Clinical Instructor/Hospitalist||University of Pittsburgh Physicians||Pittsburgh, PA||Nov 16, 2016||$141,600|
|Clinical Instructor of Medicine||LSU Health Sciences Center||Shreveport, LA||Oct 01, 2015||$140,000|
|Clinical Instructor||UB Family Medicine, Inc.||Buffalo, NY||Jan 01, 2016||$140,000|
|Clinical Instructor||The University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$81,807|
|Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics||Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 15, 2016||$81,807|
|HS Clinical Instructor||University of California, San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||Jul 14, 2016||$80,407|
|Instructor In Clinical Medicine||Columbia University||New York, NY||Jan 12, 2016||$80,294|
|Clinical Instructor||Tufts University School of Dental Medicine||Boston, MA||Oct 15, 2015||$80,266|
|Clinical Instructor||The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. University||Stanford, CA||Jul 22, 2015||$80,000|
|Clinical Instructor||The University of Kansas Medical Center||Kansas City, KS||Jan 07, 2016||$79,830|
|Clinical Instructor||Tufts University School of Dental Medicine||Boston, MA||May 01, 2015||$78,000|
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