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Become A Social Science Teacher

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Working As A Social 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

  • $60,897

    Average Salary

What Does A Social Science Teacher Do At UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

* Provides instruction in the humanities and social sciences, both at the undergraduate and the graduate level, with emphasis on advanced scholarship;
* Works collaboratively to develop new approaches, services, systems, and strategies to actively engage with scholars during all phases of the research process: from research design, through discovery, analysis, and publication;
* Both collaboratively and independently designs, implements, and assesses library instructional services, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning opportunities, instruction sessions and workshops, and other approaches to developing student research skills;
* Provides research assistance in-person and online to a diverse patron community;
* Develops and maintains relationships with campus partners in collaboration with library colleagues;
* Invents ways to work across disciplinary divides to bring teams of researchers together with librarians to solve challenges while developing next-generation research and information services and programs;
* Maintains awareness of changes and trends within relevant disciplines, engaging with new models of research within the humanities and social sciences;
* Participates in outreach events and activities;
* Contributes to one of the User Engagement Functional Teams

What Does A Social Science Teacher Do At George Mason University

* This position is responsible for providing library services in the areas of reference, research, and instruction in support of faculty and students in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and to the Criminology department; and developing corresponding library collections and outreach initiatives.
* The position, part of the Social Sciences Team, reports to the Social Sciences Team Lead and works in an ever-changing public service environment.
* Duties:
* Provides liaison services to several programs, notably the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the department of Criminology;
* Provides library instruction and support for face-to-face and online/distance education classes in assigned departments and programs;
* Develops academic department-based relationships and serves on academic department task forces, committees, work groups, etc. as requested or assigned;
* Provides general and specialized reference and research assistance, as well as email and virtual reference.
* Assists patrons in use of the research resources.
* Participates with service desk coordination, including: maintaining ready reference materials, coordinating the reference collection, providing reference training for classified staff, and providing input regarding workflow or projects;
* Provides instructional services (including curriculum-based instruction, walk-in instructional sessions, web-based tutorials, library orientations, and individual student appointments).
* Prepares and maintains web-based instructional materials, online research guides, etc. as necessary;
* Works closely with the faculty contacts from each assigned department in the identification, monitoring, and selection of research materials and purchases to develop collections in support of programs, and provides assistance in identifying resources for the members of these departments.
* Monitors, and is responsible for, the spending of fund lines of all assigned departments;
* Works closely with the Digital Scholarship Center to support the data-related needs of designated departments: finding and using relevant datasets as well as instruction and assistance with relevant computational technologies;
* Follows trends in scholarship in assigned departments and programs in order to respond to student and faculty needs;
* Participates in the selection and training of Social Science Team GPAs.
* Participates in the training and supervision of GPAs, wage assistants, and ACL classified staff members for reference transactions and on assigned projects;
* In the absence of the Team Lead for the Social Sciences, may be asked to fulfill senior librarian supervisor role and mediates and resolves issues as necessary;
* Provides back up to other subject librarian positions as appropriate or as needed;
* Participates on committees, task forces, projects, etc. within the Mason University Libraries, the Arlington Campus, the University, and, as appropriate, the community;
* Participates in the work of the Social Sciences Team.
* Team responsibilities including attending group meetings, participating in team-based projects, and collaborating and communicating with other team members; and
* Performs other duties as requested, which fall within the scope of a member of the University Libraries’ Professional faculty

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How To Become A Social 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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Social Science Teacher Demographics


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  • Male

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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

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Chinese

  • Ukrainian

  • German

  • Dutch

  • Mandarin

  • Georgian

  • Armenian

  • Thai

  • Kazakh

  • Cantonese

  • Greek

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Belarusian

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Real Social Science Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other Northeastern University Boston, MA May 28, 2014 $165,000
Social Science Teachers, Postsecondary University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT May 07, 2008 $120,000
Economics and Social Sciences Teacher Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Sep 09, 2016 $91,995
Economics and Social Sciences Teacher Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jun 22, 2016 $81,518
Economics and Social Sciences Teacher Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Sep 09, 2013 $81,518
Social Science Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other North Carolina Central University Durham, NC Dec 11, 2007 $79,200
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Feb 02, 2010 $79,000
Social Science Teacher New Covenant Academy Los Angeles, CA Feb 27, 2015 $73,070
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Newark, NJ Aug 20, 2014 $72,000
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA Mar 17, 2010 $70,000
Social Science Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, CA Dec 04, 2009 $65,904
Faculty Fellow of Social Science New York University Abu Dhabi New York, NY Aug 01, 2013 $65,000
Social Science Teacher/Asst. Professor The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Jan 16, 2009 $63,120
Economics and Social Sciences Teacher Le LYCÉE FranÇAIS de Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Sep 05, 2016 $60,897
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA Feb 02, 2010 $59,500
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other California State University, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Jul 02, 2010 $59,004
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other North Dakota State University Fargo, ND Jun 06, 2014 $59,000
Social Sciences Teacher, Postsecondary California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA Nov 23, 2007 $54,686
Social Science Teachers, Postsecondary University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR Feb 10, 2010 $54,000
Social Sciences Teachers, Post-Secondary University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle, ME Nov 09, 2009 $49,746
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH Apr 21, 2009 $49,000
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other Claflin University Orangeburg, SC Feb 01, 2013 $45,675
Social Science Teacher Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Cleveland, OH Oct 01, 2009 $44,000

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Top Skills for A Social Science Teacher


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Top Social Science Teacher Skills

  1. World History
  2. Core Curriculum
  3. Social Science Department
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instructed social science core content in geography, Thai and world history to middle school students.
  • Promoted to Social Science Department chairperson
  • Prepare and administer lesson plans, grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Instructed through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in social studies.
  • Presented comprehensive thematic units in American history, including geography, with a multicultural focus.

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