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Become A Computer Science Instructor

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Working As A Computer Science Instructor

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Make Decisions

  • $79,250

    Average Salary

What Does A Computer Science Instructor Do At Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

* Design and develop curriculum and determine instructional methods.
* Continuously evaluate and improve existing training as appropriate.
* Facilitate classroom training using principles of adult learning.
* Assist in planning and designing employee development activities.
* Measure and monitor training impact and effectiveness.
* Apply new learning technologies and processes to training design and delivery.
* Participate in other projects, as assigned.
* Actively model SEL values and culture of quality and excellence.
* Understand.
* Create.
* Simplify.
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Computer Science Instructor

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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Computer Science Instructor Career Paths

Computer Science Instructor
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Project Manager Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director Senior Consultant
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Instructor Senior Technician Specialist Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Software Engineer Systems Engineer Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Marketing Manager Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Specialist Information Technology Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Substitute Teacher Social Studies Teacher
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Computer Science Instructor Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    64.4%
  • Female

    32.2%
  • Unknown

    3.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    74.1%
  • Asian

    11.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.2%
  • Unknown

    4.8%
  • Black or African American

    1.1%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    29.5%
  • French

    13.6%
  • Chinese

    9.1%
  • Arabic

    9.1%
  • Italian

    9.1%
  • German

    6.8%
  • Mandarin

    6.8%
  • Portuguese

    2.3%
  • Hungarian

    2.3%
  • Vietnamese

    2.3%
  • Dutch

    2.3%
  • Japanese

    2.3%
  • Russian

    2.3%
  • Hindi

    2.3%
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Real Computer Science Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructor of Computer Science Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT Jun 01, 2011 $190,460
Computer Science Lecturer/Instructor Digipen (USA) Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 15, 2015 $120,000
Computer Science Instructor Digipen (USA) Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 27, 2015 $110,000 -
$120,000
Computer Science Instructor Digipen (USA) Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 15, 2015 $110,000
Computer Science Instructor Digipen (USA) Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 04, 2015 $110,000 -
$120,000
Computer Science Instructor Digipen (USA) Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 15, 2012 $95,000
Computer Science Instructor Digipen (USA) Corpoation Redmond, WA Jul 15, 2012 $85,000
Computer Science Instructor N.A.F.A. Catalonia Consultants & Employment Agency, Corp Miami, FL Mar 02, 2011 $82,250
Computer Science Instructor N.A.F.A. Consultants & Employment Agency, Corp. Miami, FL Jan 21, 2011 $81,600
Instructor of Computer Science Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL Aug 24, 2015 $74,000
Instructor of Computer Science Connecticut College New London, CT Jul 01, 2013 $69,503 -
$85,000
Computer Science Instructor Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Harrisburg, PA Jan 12, 2016 $68,000
Computer Science Instructor Georgia Christian University, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 05, 2016 $66,784
Instructor of Computer Science Georgia Christian University, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 03, 2016 $66,784
Computer Information Science Instructor ECPI University Glen Allen, VA Sep 15, 2012 $62,100
Computer Science Instructor Lansing Community College MI Apr 01, 2011 $62,008
Computer Science Instructor Lansing Community College Lansing, MI Apr 01, 2011 $62,008
Computer Science Instructional Coordinator Concept Schools NFP DBA: Chicago, IL Feb 24, 2016 $61,090
Instructor In Computer Science Western Washington University Bellingham, WA Sep 16, 2016 $60,231
Mathematics & Computer Science Instructor The Young Socratics Cupertino, CA Jan 20, 2015 $60,210 -
$79,306
Instructor of Computer Science University of New Orleans New Orleans, LA Aug 12, 2015 $60,000
Visiting Instructor In Computer Science Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL Aug 15, 2016 $60,000
Instructor of Computer Science Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND Aug 16, 2014 $53,000
Instructor of Computer Science Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX Aug 26, 2013 $52,000
Computer Science Instructional Coordinator Daisy Education Corporation Tucson, AZ Mar 23, 2011 $52,000
Computer Science Instructional Coordinator Sonoran Science Academy Broadway Tucson, AZ Apr 10, 2015 $51,210
Instructor I of Computer Science Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY Dec 14, 2016 $50,004
Computer Science Instructional Coordinator Daisy Education Corporation Tucson, AZ Mar 20, 2012 $50,000
Computer Science Instructional Coordinator Daisy Education Corporation Tucson, AZ Mar 01, 2012 $50,000
Computer Science Instructional Coordinator Daisy Education Corporation Tucson, AZ Mar 26, 2012 $49,000

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Top Skills for A Computer Science Instructor

ClassroomInstructionScienceCurriculumLanguagesWebDesignDataCommunicationsMathematicsWindowsServerComputerScienceCoursesC/C++PowerpointComputerApplicationsInternetHtmlDataStructuresLessonPlansJavascriptSQLServerUnixAlgebraSuite

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Top Computer Science Instructor Skills

  1. Classroom Instruction
  2. Science Curriculum
  3. Languages
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered classroom instruction for Introduction to Networking and Security courses.
  • Conducted training on integrating NASA Direct web casts into Earth Science curriculum.
  • Stay current by learning new software and programming languages to maintain instructor status.
  • Developed curriculum material aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning integrating technology into secondary mathematics curriculum.
  • Designed instructional materials and taught Computer Science courses about Microsoft, Novell SUSE and Cisco technologies.

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