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Become A Social Science Instructor

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Working As A Social Science Instructor

  • 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

  • $57,200

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Social Science Instructor does

  • Course assignments include American Government, Economics, World Affairs and Current Social Problems.
  • Teach Ethics and Sociology classes.
  • Created curriculum, lesson plans, and practical exercises for each section.
  • Applied theories of adult learning to develop and deliver online and classroom instruction.
  • Created curriculum to address various learning styles.
  • Identified problems in online work processes and procedures.
  • Identify and plan for special needs of students.
  • Improved class English Language Arts State Exam test scores by 50% in 2007 (that's a huge increase.
  • Presented challenging material in areas from Criminology to Economics to Anthropology.
  • Analyze and interpret data in order to increase the understanding of human social behavior.
  • Analyzed industry trends as a reporting member of the President's Advisory Board for the advancement of technology in learning.
  • Developed and aligned social science curriculum to meet state standards.
  • Aligned district-wide Social Studies Curriculum to Arizona state standards.
  • Supported the implementation of distance learning using independent learning television (ITV) and BlackBoard Learning Management System (LMS).

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How To Become A Social Science Instructor

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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Social Science Instructor Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Greek

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Hebrew

  • Phoenician

  • Polish

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Top Skills for A Social Science Instructor


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Top Social Science Instructor Skills

  1. Classroom Instruction
  2. Social Science Curriculum
  3. Course Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Evaluated and revised departmental curriculum for, and provided classroom instruction in Critical Thinking.
  • Developed and aligned social science curriculum to meet state standards.
  • Program Coordinator for Psychology, Sociology & Social Work Majors Responsibilities:.
  • Presented challenging material in areas from Criminology to Economics to Anthropology.
  • Develop approaches to the solution of groups' problems, based on research findings in sociology and related disciplines.

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