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Become A Science Teacher

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Working As A 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

  • $58,463

    Average Salary

What Does A Science Teacher Do

A Science Teacher teaches various science-related topics, depending on the grade level. They collaborate with other teachers, staff, students, and parents to support student progress.

How To Become A Science Teacher

High school teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.


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.


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.


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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Real Science Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Science Teacher Magnolia Educational & Research Foundation CA Apr 10, 2016 $91,157
Science Teacher Trenton Board of Education Trenton, NJ Sep 04, 2015 $91,000
Science Teacher Soo Space, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 06, 2015 $89,780
French Science Teacher The French Japanese Educational Institute of New Y New York, NY Feb 22, 2016 $89,090
General Science Teacher Baltimore City Public Schools Baltimore, MD Jan 15, 2016 $85,700
Science Teacher-Physics-High School The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Apr 02, 2015 $84,900
Science Teacher-Physics-High School The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Feb 04, 2015 $84,900
Science Teacher Anne Arundel County Public Schools Annapolis, MD Oct 07, 2016 $82,870
Science Teacher Elite Academy, Inc. D/B/A Elite Academy Centreville, VA Jun 14, 2016 $82,720
Science Teacher Cornerstone Academy, Inc. D/B/A Cornerstone Academy Burke, VA Mar 26, 2015 $82,570
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Top Skills for A Science Teacher


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Top Science Teacher Skills

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Science Curriculum
  3. Taught Biology
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created lesson plans and maintained classroom management through lectures and weekly laboratory activities.
  • Designed, developed, and implemented courses in coordination with science curriculum
  • Worked as science teacher and taught Biology and Chemistry in Middle school.
  • Engaged students in lessons that taught chemistry and physics through the lens of modern environmental issues.
  • Established clear objectives for all weekly lesson plans, units, projects and experiments.

Top Science Teacher Employers

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What Kind Of Companies Hire a Science Teacher

  1. Teach For America
  2. John Early Museum Middle Magnet School
  3. Brevard Private Academy
  4. Garland ISD
  5. Warren Central High School
  6. Palm Beach County School District & Local Private Schools
  7. Esperanza Cyber Charter School
  8. University Demonstration Secondary School
  9. A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  10. The City School
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