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Become A Physics Teacher

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Working As A Physics 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

  • $68,549

    Average Salary

What Does A Physics Teacher Do

A Physics Teacher prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate and/or graduate students regarding the laws of matter and energy. They may work for schools, professional schools, colleges, or universities.

How To Become A Physics 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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Physics Teacher Demographic

Gender

  • Male

    60.8%
  • Female

    34.7%
  • Unknown

    4.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    69.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.7%
  • Asian

    11.4%
  • Unknown

    4.6%
  • Black or African American

    2.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    36.5%
  • French

    12.5%
  • Mandarin

    7.3%
  • Russian

    6.3%
  • Chinese

    5.2%
  • Arabic

    5.2%
  • Portuguese

    4.2%
  • German

    3.1%
  • Italian

    3.1%
  • Greek

    2.1%
  • Turkish

    2.1%
  • Urdu

    2.1%
  • Hindi

    2.1%
  • Korean

    2.1%
  • Georgian

    1.0%
  • Azerbaijani

    1.0%
  • Japanese

    1.0%
  • Albanian

    1.0%
  • Ukrainian

    1.0%
  • Hausa

    1.0%
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Real Physics Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of California, Davis Sacramento, CA Jul 07, 2014 $120,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH Jan 09, 2014 $110,000
Physics Teacher for Secondary School La Fondation Du Lycee Francais International de Wa Bethesda, MD Sep 02, 2014 $109,200
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Feb 03, 2014 $102,666
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Feb 25, 2014 $99,200
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary New York University New York, NY Sep 22, 2014 $95,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Mar 26, 2014 $94,000
Physics Teacher-Secondary Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jul 15, 2015 $90,841
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Feb 19, 2013 $90,100
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Feb 20, 2013 $90,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Yale University New Haven, CT Feb 18, 2014 $90,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Jun 27, 2013 $90,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA Jun 19, 2013 $90,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA Mar 19, 2014 $76,149
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Jun 05, 2013 $76,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Washington State University Pullman, WA Sep 02, 2014 $76,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary State University of New York at Binghamton Binghamton, NY Jan 15, 2014 $76,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM Mar 04, 2014 $75,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA Jan 17, 2014 $75,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX Mar 20, 2014 $75,000
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary West Virginia University Morgantown, WV Jul 23, 2014 $75,000
Mathematics and Physics Teacher Nettleton School District Nettleton, MS Sep 01, 2014 $61,066
Upper School Physics Teacher Friends School of Baltimore, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jun 20, 2016 $60,910
Physics Teacher Ivymax, Inc. Diamond Bar, CA Sep 27, 2013 $60,606
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary New York Film Academy Ltd. Burbank, CA Feb 06, 2014 $60,410
Science/Physics Teacher Magnolia Educational & Research Foundation CA Sep 11, 2016 $60,055
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY Sep 16, 2014 $60,048
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville, GA Mar 21, 2014 $60,000
Mathematics and Physics Teacher Starkville School District Starkville, MS Aug 01, 2014 $58,582

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Top Skills for A Physics Teacher

ClassroomManagementPhysicsCurriculumMathematicsLaboratoryExperimentsLessonPlansChemistryAlgebraIIPhysicalScienceExamsPre-CalculusTaughtPhysicsHonorsPhysicsGeometryProfessionalDevelopmentWorkshopsAdvisorBiologyPrinciplesPhysicsClassesRoboticsTopics

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Top Physics Teacher Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Physics Curriculum
  3. Mathematics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Attended a variety of professional development workshops centered on learning goals, classroom management, student motivation and engaging learning activities.
  • Developed and implemented successful physics curriculum to exceed Massachusetts state requirements.
  • Design and implement daily lesson plans for Mathematics and Physics classes.
  • Developed and implemented laboratory experiments and modeling based curriculum to enhance student learning.
  • Provided educational continuity by implementing established lesson plans while exercising judgment to present new material when necessary or appropriate.

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