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Working As A German 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

  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does A German Teacher Do

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

Duties

High school teachers typically do the following:

  • Plan lessons in the subjects they teach, such as biology or history
  • Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Teach students in full class settings or in small groups
  • Adapt lessons to any changes in class size
  • Grade students’ assignments and exams to monitor progress
  • Communicate with parents about students’ progress
  • Work with individual students to challenge them, to improve their abilities, and to work on their weaknesses
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and administrative policies
  • Supervise students outside of the classroom—for example, at lunchtime or during detention

High school teachers generally teach students from the 9th through 12th grades. They usually specialize in one subject area, such as math, science, or history. They may teach several different classes within that subject area. For example, a high school math teacher may teach courses in algebra, calculus, and/or geometry.

High school teachers may teach students from different grades throughout the day. For example, in one class they may have students from the 9th grade and then in the next class they may have 12th-grade students. In many schools, students are divided into classes on the basis of their abilities, so teachers need to change their courses to match the students’ abilities.

High school teachers see several different classes of students throughout the day. They may teach the same material—for example, world history—to more than one class if the school has many students taking that subject.

Some high school teachers instruct special classes, such as art, music, and physical education.

When they do not have classes, teachers plan lessons, grade assignments, and meet with other teachers and staff.

In some schools, teachers of English as a second language (ESL) and teachers of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) work exclusively with students who are learning the English language. These students are often referred to as English language learners (ELLs). These teachers work with students individually or in groups to help them improve their English language skills and help them with assignments for other classes.

Students with learning disabilities and emotional or behavioral disorders often are taught in traditional classes. Therefore, high school teachers may work with special education teachers to adapt lessons to these students’ needs and to monitor the students’ progress.

Some teachers maintain websites to communicate with parents about students’ assignments, upcoming events, and grades. For students, teachers may create websites or discussion boards to present information and to expand a lesson taught in class.

Some high school teachers coach sports and advise student clubs and other groups, activities that frequently take place before or after school.

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How To Become A German 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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Average Yearly Salary
$58,000
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$44,000
Min 10%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$58,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a German Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a German Teacher in the United States is $58,703 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $76,000.

Real German Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
German Teacher The German School Society, Washington, D.C. Potomac, MD Feb 12, 2010 $75,849
French & German Teacher Wellesley Public Schools Wellesley, MA Sep 01, 2012 $69,113
German Immersion Teacher Goethe International Charter School Los Angeles, CA Aug 08, 2015 $66,500
French & German Teacher Wellesley Public Schools Wellesley, MA Sep 01, 2011 $65,692
German Teacher Douglas County School District No.4 Roseburg, OR Sep 30, 2012 $64,071
German Immersion Teacher (Elementary) Goethe International Charter School Los Angeles, CA Nov 17, 2016 $63,597
German Immersion Teacher Goethe International Charter School Los Angeles, CA Aug 08, 2012 $60,618
Primary German Teacher Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Jan 09, 2016 $58,000 -
$65,000
German Immersion Teacher Goethe International Charter School Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2011 $57,192
Primary School German Teacher Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Sep 01, 2015 $53,000 -
$63,000
German Teacher Wachusett Regional School District Holden, MA Sep 21, 2013 $52,586
German Teacher Douglas County School District No.4 Roseburg, OR Oct 01, 2011 $51,591
German Track Teacher-Primary School Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA Aug 01, 2012 $47,447 -
$66,000
Bilingual German Teacher/Governess Catherine S Diefenbach New York, NY Sep 13, 2011 $45,760
German Teacher Temple ISD Temple, TX Oct 01, 2015 $44,000
Elementary German Immersion Teacher Albert Enstein Academies San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2011 $42,050 -
$53,050
Elementary German Immersion Teacher Albert Einstein Academies San Diego, CA Sep 15, 2011 $42,050 -
$53,050
German Teacher Temple ISD Temple, TX Oct 01, 2015 $42,000
German Teacher Temple ISD Temple, TX Aug 25, 2014 $42,000

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Top Skills for A German Teacher

  1. Spanish Language
  2. Classroom Setting
  3. Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented curriculum for teaching all levels of German in a classroom setting.
  • Created developmentally appropriate lesson plans and workshops to reinforce language.
  • Teach English class at 8th, 9th and 10th grade levels in preparatory school.
  • Created numerous resources and YouTube videos to enhance instruction by teaching to individual student learning styles.
  • Tutored students on an individual basis.

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Top 10 Best States for German Teachers

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  5. New York
  6. Nevada
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German Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

62.6%

Male

27.8%

Unknown

9.6%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

53.9%

Spanish

16.9%

French

11.9%

Russian

4.1%

Chinese

1.8%

Danish

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Mandarin

0.9%

Hungarian

0.9%

Italian

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%

Czech

0.9%

Arabic

0.9%

Swedish

0.5%

Icelandic

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Gujarati

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%
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German Teacher Education

Schools

Middlebury College

9.3%

Georgia State University

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Michigan State University

6.7%

Villanova University

5.3%

Brigham Young University

5.3%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.3%

University of Arizona

5.3%

University of Delaware

5.3%

University of Kentucky

4.0%

University of Utah

4.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.0%

Oakland University

4.0%

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

4.0%

University of Kansas

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Florida State University

4.0%

University of Georgia

4.0%

The Academy

4.0%

Longwood University

4.0%
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Majors

German Language

12.8%

Education

11.9%

English

10.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

9.0%

Linguistics

7.8%

Elementary Education

7.5%

Business

6.3%

Area Studies

5.1%

Political Science

3.9%

Educational Leadership

3.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

3.0%

Psychology

2.4%

Music

2.4%

Teaching English As A Second Language

2.4%

Special Education

2.4%

Secondary Education And Teaching

2.4%

Law

2.1%

Global Studies

2.1%

Writing

1.5%

History

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

41.1%

Bachelors

23.7%

Other

20.3%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

4.4%

Associate

3.1%

Diploma

1.7%

License

0.4%
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