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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Teacher-Secondary School Foreign Languages||North Shore Central School District||Glen Head, NY||Jul 01, 2015||$130,291 -
|Teacher-Secondary School Foreign Languages||North Shore Central School District||Glen Head, NY||Aug 01, 2015||$117,185|
|Foreign Language Teacher-Mandarin||Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District||Hewlett, NY||Aug 15, 2016||$87,139|
|Foreign Language Teacher (Mandarin)||New York Preparatory School DBA The Dwight School||New York, NY||Dec 04, 2016||$86,070|
|Foreign Language Teacher (Mandarin)||Grace Church School||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$80,000 -
|Foreign Language Teacher (Mandarin)||Grace Church School||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2015||$80,000 -
|Teacher-Secondary School Foreign Languages||North Shore Central School District||Glen Head, NY||Jun 09, 2016||$74,119|
|Foreign Language Teacher (Mandarin)||The Brearley School||New York, NY||Sep 14, 2015||$68,000 -
|Foreign Language Teacher||The Brooklyn Waldorf School||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$63,700|
|Foreign Language Teacher, Mandarin Chinese||Riverdale Country School, Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 26, 2016||$62,621|
|Chinese/Japanese Foreign Language Teacher||Frederic L. Chamberlain Center, Inc.||Middleborough, MA||Aug 29, 2016||$62,000|
|Foreign Language Teacher (Mandarin)||The Brearley School||New York, NY||Sep 14, 2015||$61,000 -
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony School of Innovation-Fort Worth||Fort Worth, TX||Dec 31, 2016||$45,490|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony School of Innovation-Fort Worth||Fort Worth, TX||Aug 15, 2016||$45,490|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony Science Academy-Euless||Euless, TX||Jan 08, 2016||$45,490|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony Science Academy-Euless||Euless, TX||Aug 01, 2016||$45,490|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio||San Antonio, TX||Aug 03, 2015||$45,350|
|Foreign Language Teacher||School of Science and Technology||San Antonio, TX||Sep 15, 2016||$45,350|
|Department Chair of Foreign Languages/French Teacher||St. George's Episcopal School||New Orleans, LA||Aug 20, 2015||$44,907|
|Foreign Language Teacher||The Martin Luther School||NY||Aug 15, 2016||$44,700|
|Foreign Language Teacher-Turkish||Harmony Public Schools||Brownsville, TX||May 16, 2016||$43,000|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony Science Academy-El Paso||El Paso, TX||Sep 27, 2016||$42,890|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony Science Academy-El Paso||El Paso, TX||Aug 03, 2015||$42,890|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony School of Innovation-El Paso||El Paso, TX||Sep 30, 2015||$42,890|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony Science Academy-El Paso||El Paso, TX||Sep 09, 2016||$42,890|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony School of Innovation-Garland||Garland, TX||Sep 30, 2016||$42,850|
|Foreign Language Teacher||Harmony Science Academy-Carrollton||Carrollton, TX||Feb 12, 2016||$42,850|
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