Become a Science Teacher
A career in education is a great choice for someone who enjoys working with children, and is passionate about science. Science teachers inspire students to look at the world around them with an appreciation for discovery and examination. Today’s science students are tomorrow’s cutting-edge scientists.
In college, the most traditional route is to work for your undergraduate degree with education as a major, and a minor in science, though some flip it and get a major in science with a minor in education. Check with your prospective schools, if you have not yet completed your undergraduate degree. You’ll want to study teaching methods, child development, child psychology, and educational theory, as well as physical sciences and social sciences. You’ll focus either in science as a general study, or in one particular branch of the sciences: biology, chemistry, earth sciences, or physics, for example.
If you wish to teach at the college level, you’ll need at least a master’s degree in addition to your bachelor’s, and to be a tenured full-time instructor, you’ll also need a doctorate. For every level, you will need to complete teacher training, as well, and get licensed.
Teaching licensure requirements are different from state to state. If you plan to teach in public schools, you will need a license for sure, but many private schools do not require them. If you are licensed, you will also need to complete continuing education courses to stay relevant.
Science teachers are paid on par with other educators; a 2009 survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that science teachers make an average yearly salary of $55,000 per year. Where the science teacher’s salary fell was dependent upon several factors, including their highest level of education, their teaching location, their years of experience, and any additional certification they had.