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Working As A Math And Science 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

  • $43,827

    Average Salary

What Does A Math And Science 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 Math And Science 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 Length of Employment
Teacher And Coach 5.6 years
Secondary Teacher 5.0 years
Science Teacher 4.0 years
Math Teacher 3.9 years
Teacher 3.8 years
Biology Teacher 3.4 years
Physics Teacher 3.1 years
Chemistry Teacher 3.0 years
8th Grade Teacher 2.6 years
Algebra Teacher 2.3 years
Geometry Teacher 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 18.7%
Math Teacher 10.3%
Internship 5.1%
Tutor 3.9%
Instructor 3.5%
Math Tutor 2.4%
Top Employers After
Math Teacher 15.9%
Teacher 15.2%
Instructor 5.1%
Tutor 3.4%
Internship 3.1%
Principal 3.0%
Math Tutor 2.4%

Math And Science Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

59.0%

Male

38.0%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

78.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.1%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.9%

French

7.8%

German

5.9%

Arabic

4.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Italian

2.9%

Turkish

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Malay

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Braille

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Hmong

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Kurdish

1.0%

Filipino

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%
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Math And Science Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.8%

Grand Canyon University

9.4%

Lamar University

6.4%

Capella University

5.9%

University of Central Florida

5.4%

Sam Houston State University

5.4%

Texas State University

4.9%

Towson University

4.9%

University of Florida

4.4%

Northern Arizona University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

Johns Hopkins University

4.4%

Wayne State University

3.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.9%

National Louis University

3.9%

National University

3.4%

University of St. Thomas (Texas)

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

Walden University

3.4%
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Majors

Education

18.4%

Elementary Education

18.3%

Educational Leadership

10.6%

Biology

6.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

5.7%

Business

5.1%

Special Education

4.4%

Mathematics

4.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

4.2%

Chemistry

3.3%

Educational Technology

2.4%

Psychology

2.3%

Physics

2.3%

Computer Science

2.1%

Secondary Education And Teaching

2.1%

Interdisciplinary Studies

1.9%

Management

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.4%

Pharmacy

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

40.8%

Bachelors

34.6%

Other

12.1%

Certificate

5.1%

Doctorate

5.1%

Associate

1.6%

License

0.5%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Math And Science Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Math and Science Teacher ACI Academy, Inc. Irvine, CA Apr 11, 2015 $89,780
Math. Science Teachers, Postsecondary San Jose State University San Jose, CA Nov 23, 2009 $69,000
Math and Science Teacher Accelerated Intermediate Academy Houston, TX Sep 21, 2015 $64,384
Math & Science Teacher ACI Academy, Inc. Tustin, CA Mar 01, 2010 $62,610
Math and Science Teacher Accelerated Intermediate Academy Houston, TX Sep 21, 2012 $58,419
Math/Science Teacher San Diego Cooperative Charter School San Diego, CA Dec 04, 2012 $56,725
Secondary Math and Science Teacher New America School Albuquerque, NM Nov 28, 2016 $54,808
Math/Science Teacher Covenant Preparatory School, Inc. Hartford, CT Sep 01, 2013 $54,000
Math/Science Teacher Covenant Preparatory School, Inc. Hartford, CT Oct 15, 2012 $54,000
7Th/8Th Math/Science Teacher City of Salem Massachusetts Salem, MA Aug 31, 2011 $53,975
Math and Science Teacher Houston Independent School District Houston, TX Sep 11, 2013 $53,346
Math Science Teacher, Secondary School Saint Dominic Academy NY Apr 07, 2015 $52,600
Math & Science Teacher ACI Academy, Inc. Tustin, CA Oct 05, 2009 $52,175 -
$62,610
Math & Science Teacher ACI Academy, Inc. Tustin, CA Oct 19, 2009 $52,175 -
$30
Science and Math Teacher Houston Independent School District Houston, TX Jul 09, 2015 $49,100
Math and Science Teacher Accelerated Intermediate Academy Houston, TX May 31, 2011 $48,401
Math/Science Teacher Wilson County Schools Wilson, NC Apr 20, 2016 $48,270
Math and Science Teacher Tucson Hebrew Academy, Inc. Tucson, AZ Feb 09, 2016 $48,147
Math and Science Teacher Tucson Hebrew Academy, Inc. Tucson, AZ Mar 08, 2016 $48,147
Math & Science Elementary Teacher Austin International School Association Austin, TX May 20, 2016 $47,210
Elementary Science & Math Teacher Garland Independent School District Garland, TX Feb 18, 2011 $47,088
Math/Science Teacher Covenant Preparatory School, Inc. Hartford, CT Jul 01, 2012 $46,500
Senior Science & Math Teacher Ascension Academy Charter High School Minneapolis, MN Jan 23, 2009 $43,000
Math and Science Teacher Monadnock Waldorf School Keene, NH Jun 30, 2016 $42,900
Science and Math Teacher SINO-American Cultural Exchange LLC Houston, TX Sep 15, 2013 $42,804
Math and Science Teacher Accelerated Intermediate Academy Houston, TX Jun 15, 2011 $42,590
Math and Science Teacher Accelerated Intermediate Academy Houston, TX Jun 20, 2011 $42,590
Math and Science Teacher Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School Saint Louis, MO Sep 15, 2015 $42,500
Math and Science Teacher Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School Saint Louis, MO Sep 15, 2014 $42,500
Math and Science Teacher Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School Saint Louis, MO Sep 11, 2015 $42,500

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Top Skills for A Math And Science Teacher

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Top Math And Science Teacher Skills

  1. Science Curriculum
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and implement science curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Attended a variety of professional development workshops centered on learning goals, classroom management, student motivation and engaging learning activities.
  • Prepared and developed lesson plans and instructional programs to meet individual group needs.
  • Prepared comprehensive lesson plans each week Taught basic Mathematics, Pre-Algebra and Science to eight grade students
  • Prepared middle school students for their 8th grade mathematics examination.

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