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Working As A Health 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

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Health 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 Health 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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Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
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School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Adjunct Instructor Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Math Teacher Team Leader Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Instructor Adjunct Instructor
Associate Dean
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Adjunct Faculty Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Basketball Coach Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Basketball Coach Science Teacher Education Consultant
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Basketball Coach Program Coordinator Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Head Baseball Coach Social Studies Teacher Guidance Counselor
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Instructor Director Of Instruction
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Long Term Substitute Teacher Resource Teacher Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
Head Baseball Coach Head Basketball Coach Business Education Teacher
High School Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Facilitator Professor Associate Dean
Instruction Dean
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Teacher And Coach 6.1 years
Math Teacher 4.2 years
Science Teacher 4.1 years
Teacher 3.9 years
Biology Teacher 3.5 years
History Teacher 3.3 years
Health Teacher 3.0 years
Peer Teacher 2.9 years
Algebra Teacher 2.4 years
Top Careers Before Health Teacher
Teacher 12.9%
Coach 4.5%
Head Coach 4.3%
Volunteer 3.1%
Instructor 3.1%
Internship 2.8%
Assistant 2.3%
Top Careers After Health Teacher
Teacher 14.5%
Coach 4.3%
Head Coach 3.9%
Instructor 3.2%
Principal 2.8%
Internship 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$74,000
Show Salaries
$44,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Harvard University
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Health Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Health Teacher in the United States is $74,733 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Health Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary The University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas City, KS Feb 27, 2014 $475,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Baylor College of Medicine Sugar Land, TX Aug 15, 2014 $400,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX Apr 12, 2013 $375,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Hershey, PA Feb 19, 2013 $313,200
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Florida Gainesville, FL May 30, 2014 $300,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Colorado Denver Aurora, CO Aug 05, 2013 $270,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Florida Gainesville, FL Jun 14, 2013 $264,350
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Miami Miami, FL Mar 04, 2014 $260,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Washington Seattle, WA May 29, 2014 $255,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Albany Medical College Albany, NY May 06, 2014 $250,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Florida Gainesville, FL Sep 13, 2013 $245,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Florida Jacksonville, FL Mar 28, 2014 $240,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Miami Miami, FL Oct 30, 2013 $235,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Miami Miami, FL Jun 24, 2014 $225,039
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, MS May 08, 2014 $164,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Sep 16, 2014 $162,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Albany Medical College Albany, NY May 07, 2014 $160,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary PHEC D/B/A Drexel University College of Medicine Philadelphia, PA Sep 13, 2013 $160,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Leland Stanford Jr, University Palo Alto, CA Mar 18, 2013 $160,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Loma Linda University Medical Center Loma Linda, CA Oct 23, 2013 $157,914
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Florida Gainesville, FL Apr 15, 2014 $156,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Florida Jacksonville, FL Feb 18, 2014 $155,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary St. John Fisher College Rochester, NY Apr 11, 2014 $95,090
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Kentucky Lexington, KY May 06, 2014 $95,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Louisville Louisville, KY Feb 08, 2013 $95,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Roosevelt University Schaumburg, IL Nov 06, 2013 $94,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary The University of Georgia Athens, GA Feb 06, 2013 $94,000
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Wayne State University Detroit, MI May 28, 2014 $92,252
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary University of Saint Joseph Hartford, CT Jan 31, 2014 $92,040
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Chicago State University Chicago, IL Mar 19, 2014 $92,025

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Top Skills for A Health Teacher

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Lesson Plans
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  • Received professional development in behavioral/classroom management, adolescent development, classroom technology, interdisciplinary teaching and diversity/cultural awareness.
  • Integrate prevailing/sound educational goals and objectives into lesson plans for instructional delivery that meet state and local standards and course requirements.
  • Researched, developed and presented health education materials to studentsencompassing a wide array of health topics.
  • Executed a variety of teaching techniques to provide an opportunity for student learning.
  • Served as a Curriculum Writer for health education curriculum.

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Top 10 Best States for Health Teachers

  1. Connecticut
  2. Massachusetts
  3. New Jersey
  4. New York
  5. Illinois
  6. Texas
  7. New Mexico
  8. Michigan
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Georgia
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Health Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

51.8%

Male

37.6%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

68.1%

French

8.5%

Portuguese

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Hawaiian

2.1%

Braille

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Dakota

2.1%

Urdu

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%
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Health Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.7%

State University of New York College at Cortland

7.9%

Walden University

7.3%

Cambridge College

7.3%

Liberty University

6.2%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

5.1%

Wayne State University

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

Adelphi University

4.5%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.5%

Grand Canyon University

4.5%

Texas State University

3.9%

Nova Southeastern University

3.9%

Montclair State University

3.9%

Canisius College

3.9%

Northern Illinois University

3.9%

University of Northern Colorado

3.4%

National University

3.4%

East Carolina University

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%
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Majors

Health Education

26.9%

Education

12.9%

Kinesiology

7.9%

Elementary Education

7.9%

Educational Leadership

7.7%

Business

4.2%

Nursing

4.0%

Special Education

3.8%

Secondary Education And Teaching

3.1%

Public Health

2.9%

Health And Wellness

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Educational Technology

2.4%

School Counseling

2.3%

Psychology

1.9%

Curriculum And Instruction

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Biology

1.3%

Counseling Psychology

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

42.6%

Bachelors

36.0%

Other

11.9%

Doctorate

3.5%

Certificate

2.9%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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