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A degree in secondary education prepares students with the skills necessary to teach middle school and high school. Students studying secondary education will learn to motivate and educate teenagers, utilizing techniques and methods that will prove most effective. A degree in secondary education requires students to learn about adolescent development and learn to be sympathetic to students going through a particularly difficult time. Degrees are available at the bachelor and master level, with master level degrees being requires by some school districts.
A curriculum in secondary education may include:
- Adolescent Psychology
- Classroom Management
- Secondary Teaching Methods
- Art Education
- English Language Arts
A career as a secondary educator can be very rewarding. Individuals pursuing a career will work with children and assist them in entering the next stage of their lives. Secondary education provides an understanding of a broad curriculum, allowing the instructor to perform duties in multiple subjects. Some schools may require a specialization or courses in a particular subject. Individuals pursuing a masters degree will have more work opportunities, and the possibility of administrative positions within the school system.
Public schools in the United States require individuals to be licensed when teaching in a public school. Licensing can be obtained through the state, with examination and certification typically being necessary prior to being awarded a license. Some school districts in need of educators may implement emergency licenses to allow for immediate work as the educator works toward obtaining a permanent license. Private schools do not require licensing, though may ask for a minimum of a master degree in order to consider a candidate.
Job growth is expected to be slower overall compared to other professions, though an increase in job availability is expected over the next ten years as a large number of teachers approach the retirement age. The average salary for a secondary educator is approximately $53,000 per year.
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