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Working As A World History 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

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A World History 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 World History 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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World History Teacher
Assistant Coach Coach Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Coach Coach Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Coach Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Economics Teacher Math Teacher Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Economics Teacher Math Teacher Lead Teacher
Lead Pre-K Teacher
5 Yearsyrs
Economics Teacher Math Teacher Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Adjunct Professor Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Consultant Principal
High School Principal
9 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Education Consultant Assistant Principal
Middle School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Education Consultant Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Team Leader Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Physical Education Teacher Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Physical Education Teacher Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson
Vice Principal
8 Yearsyrs
Physical Education Teacher Program Coordinator Educational Programs Coordinator
Education Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Head Basketball Coach Social Studies Teacher Lead Instructor
Director Of Instruction
7 Yearsyrs
Head Basketball Coach Presenter Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
Head Basketball Coach Long Term Substitute Teacher Preschool Lead Teacher
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Private Tutor ESL Instructor Instruction Assistant Principal
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Private Tutor School Counselor Guidance Counselor
High School Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Secondary Teacher 5.0 years
Math Teacher 4.2 years
Science Teacher 4.1 years
History Teacher 3.3 years
Economics Teacher 3.1 years
Geography Teacher 3.0 years
Humanities Teacher 2.5 years
Government Teacher 2.4 years
Top Careers Before World History Teacher
Teacher 16.5%
Internship 6.2%
Tutor 2.8%
Assistant 2.5%
Volunteer 2.3%
Head Coach 2.1%
Coach 2.0%
Top Careers After World History Teacher
Teacher 19.8%
Instructor 3.1%
Coach 2.7%
Internship 2.5%
Tutor 2.3%
Director 2.3%
Head Coach 2.3%

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Highest World History Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Global Studies/History Teacher and Director of World Perspectives Greens Farms Academy, Inc. Westport, CT Nov 13, 2015 $83,200
Global Studies/History Teacher & Director of World Pers Greens Farms Academy, Inc. CT Aug 31, 2015 $61,240 -
$64,050
World History Teacher King David Community Center, Inc. Norcross, GA Sep 15, 2011 $44,637
World History Teacher Gaston College Preparatory Gaston, NC Sep 01, 2014 $40,343
Teacher-World History/Tourism & Hospitality Newman International Academy Arlington, TX Oct 01, 2015 $40,250

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Top Skills for A World History Teacher

  1. World History
  2. History Curriculum
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Integrated the use of technology to accentuate the essential economic, geographic, civic, and cultural concepts of World History.
  • Created individualized, project based world history curriculum
  • Implemented structured classroom management routines while providing a positive and safe learning environment for students.
  • Modify and accommodate personalized lesson plans for struggling students.
  • Prepared weekly lesson plans, monitored student learning behavior, and encouraged active student involvement in extracurricular activities.

World History Teacher Demographics

Gender

Male

50.9%

Female

38.2%

Unknown

11.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

13.1%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.3%

French

10.3%

German

5.2%

Italian

5.2%

Chinese

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Russian

1.7%

Romanian

1.7%

Dutch

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Navajo

1.7%

Korean

1.7%
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World History Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.9%

Lamar University

7.3%

Liberty University

7.3%

University of South Florida

5.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.1%

National University

5.1%

University of Central Florida

5.1%

Florida State University

5.1%

Northern Arizona University

4.4%

Grand Valley State University

4.4%

Towson University

4.4%

Mississippi State University

4.4%

Texas Tech University

3.6%

Nova Southeastern University

3.6%

DePaul University

3.6%

Stephen F Austin State University

3.6%

Oklahoma State University

3.6%

Grand Canyon University

3.6%

Wayne State University

2.9%

University of North Texas

2.9%
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Majors

History

19.3%

Education

14.5%

Elementary Education

12.8%

Educational Leadership

10.1%

Secondary Education And Teaching

7.5%

Social Sciences

5.0%

Curriculum And Instruction

3.7%

Political Science

3.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.5%

Business

2.7%

English

2.4%

Special Education

2.2%

Law

2.1%

Kinesiology

1.8%

Public Administration

1.8%

Psychology

1.8%

School Counseling

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Sociology

1.3%

Fine Arts

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

47.0%

Bachelors

31.9%

Other

11.3%

Doctorate

4.7%

Certificate

4.2%

Associate

0.5%

License

0.4%

Diploma

0.1%
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