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Working As A Physical 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

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Physical 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 Physical 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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Physical Science Teacher Career Paths

Physical Science Teacher
Science Teacher Instructor Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Science Teacher Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Chemistry Teacher Chemist Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Physics Teacher Math Teacher Lead Teacher
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Physics Teacher Math Teacher Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chemistry Teacher Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Physics Teacher Mathematics Instructor Lead Teacher
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Chemistry/Biology Teacher Biology Teacher Education Consultant
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Chemistry Teacher Consultant Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Middle School Science Teacher Middle School Math Teacher Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Middle School Science Teacher Math Teacher Education Consultant
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Middle School Science Teacher Middle School Math Teacher Assistant Principal
High School Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Science Department Chairperson Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Science Department Chairperson Principal Assistant Superintendent
Director Of Special Education
11 Yearsyrs
Middle School Teacher Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Middle School Teacher Education Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Middle School Teacher Curriculum Coordinator Elementary School Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Physical Education Teacher Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
Physical Education Teacher Teacher And Coach School Administrator
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Math Teacher 4.2 years
Science Teacher 4.1 years
Biology Teacher 3.5 years
Physics Teacher 3.5 years
Chemistry Teacher 3.2 years
Science Instructor 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Physical Science Teacher
Teacher 10.7%
Internship 4.0%
Tutor 3.2%
Instructor 3.2%
Top Careers After Physical Science Teacher
Teacher 10.7%
Instructor 3.8%
Tutor 3.3%
Principal 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$50,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$73,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lloyd C Bird High School
Highest Paying City
Saugus, MA
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Physical Science Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Physical Science Teacher in the United States is $50,141 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $74,000.

Real Physical Science Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Physical Science Teacher-Middle School Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jul 01, 2015 $84,851
Physical Science/Chemistry Teacher East Brunswick Township Board of Education East Brunswick, NJ Nov 09, 2011 $83,178
Physical Science Teacher-Middle School Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Dec 08, 2014 $82,990
Physical Science/Chemistry Teacher East Brunswick Township Board of Education East Brunswick, NJ Jan 02, 2010 $80,387
Teacher-Secondary Physical Science Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jul 30, 2012 $78,749
Teacher Secondary/Apc/Physical Science Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jun 16, 2012 $74,234
Teacher-Secondary/Apc/Physics/Physical Science/Che Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Oct 01, 2012 $71,384
Teacher-Secondary Physics/Physical Science Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Aug 05, 2012 $71,384
Physical Science and Biology Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Oct 01, 2011 $65,988
Physical Science Teacher Houston Independent School District Houston, TX Jul 16, 2016 $64,220
Physical Science Teacher Houston Independent School District Houston, TX Jul 16, 2013 $62,567
Science Teacher-Physics City of Newton MA Oct 01, 2014 $61,276
Science/Physics Teacher Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School Syracuse, NY Sep 16, 2014 $51,200
Science/Physics Teacher Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School Syracuse, NY Sep 03, 2015 $50,890
Science-Physics Teacher Magnolia Educational & Research Foundation CA Nov 08, 2013 $50,560
AP Physics, Physics & Physical Science Teacher Knowledge Resources Group, Inc. Stockbridge, GA Sep 27, 2016 $50,000
Physical Science/Chemistry Teacher Mitchell County Board of Education Camilla, GA Jul 01, 2011 $50,000
Chemistry & Physical Science Teacher Knowledge Resources Group, Inc. Americus, GA Sep 29, 2016 $50,000
Science/Physics Teacher Horizon Educational Services of Columbus Inc. Columbus, OH Jun 15, 2010 $48,600
Science/Physics Teacher Horizon Science Academy-Dayton Dayton, OH Mar 02, 2010 $48,000
Physics Physical Science Teacher Evangeline Parish School Board Mamou, LA Jul 16, 2010 $44,240
Science/Physics Teacher Magnolia Educational&Research Foundation Gardena, CA Sep 16, 2009 $43,000
Science/Physics Teacher Horizon Educational Services, Inc. Cleveland, OH Sep 09, 2010 $43,000
Science/Physics Teacher Horizon Science Academy, Inc. Columbus, OH Oct 26, 2009 $42,710
Science/Physics Teacher Horizon Science Academy, Inc. Columbus, OH Oct 15, 2009 $42,710
Science/Physics Teacher Ajo Unified School District No. 15 Ajo, AZ Aug 13, 2012 $42,500
Physical Science Teacher-Middle School Prince Edward County Public Schools Farmville, VA Dec 15, 2009 $42,414

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Top Skills for A Physical Science Teacher

  1. Science Curriculum
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Lesson Plans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborated with colleagues to create innovative physical science curriculum using backwards design.
  • Attended a variety of professional development workshops centered on learning goals, classroom management, student motivation and engaging learning activities.
  • Developed lesson plans and appropriate instructional aids stressing the scientific method and relevant laboratory learning methods.
  • Earned positive verbal/written feedback from administrators and parents regarding classroom instruction and student learning success.
  • Organized special guest lectures on biology for informing students about various interesting study options.

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Top 10 Best States for Physical Science Teachers

  1. Connecticut
  2. New Jersey
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Alaska
  5. New York
  6. Michigan
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Oregon
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Illinois
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Physical Science Teacher Demographics

Gender

Male

44.7%

Female

42.6%

Unknown

12.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Black or African American

13.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

German

8.3%

French

8.3%

Mandarin

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Portuguese

2.1%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Turkish

2.1%

Dutch

2.1%

Greek

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Urdu

2.1%

Serbian

2.1%
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Physical Science Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.0%

Temple University

7.2%

University of Central Florida

6.5%

Grand Canyon University

6.5%

University of South Florida

5.8%

Clemson University

5.8%

Cambridge College

5.8%

New York University

5.1%

University of Florida

5.1%

University of Alabama

4.3%

Old Dominion University

4.3%

University of Mississippi

4.3%

University of Connecticut

4.3%

University of Memphis

4.3%

Regent University

4.3%

University of New Orleans

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.6%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

3.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.6%
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Majors

Education

17.2%

Elementary Education

11.0%

Biology

10.8%

Chemistry

10.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

9.6%

Educational Leadership

9.4%

Physics

4.9%

Secondary Education And Teaching

4.6%

Curriculum And Instruction

4.0%

Special Education

2.6%

Geology

2.2%

Business

2.1%

Environmental Science

2.0%

Educational Technology

1.6%

Nursing

1.5%

Physical Sciences

1.5%

Health Education

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

School Counseling

1.2%

Electrical Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

41.9%

Bachelors

27.8%

Other

15.4%

Doctorate

7.8%

Certificate

5.1%

Associate

1.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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