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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.
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University of Phoenix10.8%
Grand Canyon University9.4%
University of Central Florida5.4%
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Texas State University4.9%
University of Florida4.4%
Northern Arizona University4.4%
University of Houston4.4%
Johns Hopkins University4.4%
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University of Texas at Arlington3.9%
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University of St. Thomas (Texas)3.4%
Arizona State University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Dean of Math, Science and Engineering||San Jose/Evergreen Community College District||San Jose, CA||Aug 01, 2010||$122,688|
|Dean of Math, Science and Engineering||San Jose-Evergreen Community College District||San Jose, CA||Jun 30, 2011||$122,688|
|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|
|Lead Faculty, Dept. of Computing Sciences and Math||Franklin University||Columbus, OH||Aug 17, 2012||$65,000 -
|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||Oct 15, 2012||$54,000|
|Math/Science Teacher||Covenant Preparatory School, Inc.||Hartford, CT||Sep 01, 2013||$54,000|
|7Th/8Th Math/Science Teacher||City of Salem Massachusetts||Salem, MA||Aug 31, 2011||$53,975|
|Math and Science Teacher||German International School Chicago||Chicago, IL||Sep 17, 2016||$51,500|
|3Rd Grade Math/Science Bilingual Teacher||Splendora Independent School District||Splendora, TX||Aug 04, 2014||$51,150|
|Math/Science Bilingual Teacher||Splendora Independent School District||Splendora, TX||Jun 06, 2014||$51,150|
|Secondary Math and Science Teacher||Garland Independent School District||Garland, TX||Dec 02, 2016||$49,501|
|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||Mar 08, 2016||$48,147|
|Math and Science Teacher||Tucson Hebrew Academy, Inc.||Tucson, AZ||Feb 09, 2016||$48,147|
|Math & Science Teacher||Shimizu International||Bellevue, WA||Nov 05, 2010||$43,500|
|Math and Science Teacher||Monadnock Waldorf School||Keene, NH||Jun 30, 2016||$42,900|
|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 11, 2015||$42,500|
|Math and Science Teacher||Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School||Saint Louis, MO||Sep 15, 2014||$42,500|
|Science/Math Content Ellteacher||Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Servic||Fort Morgan, CO||Oct 01, 2012||$42,385|
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