Becoming a Physics Teacher

Teaching can be one of the most rewarding and challenging careers for an individual. There is however, always a need for teachers. Have you thought about a career as a teacher? Do you love physics as a subject? Then perhaps you should consider becoming a physics teacher for high school students. Here is a guide on how to become a physics teacher.
1. Earn your bachelor’s degree. In order to become a high school teacher you must at least have a bachelor’s degree. As an aspiring physics teacher, you will need to major in physics. Once you’ve graduated you will then need to take the next step towards becoming a teacher.
2. Take a teacher education program. Besides fulfilling your college education requirement you must also complete a teacher education program and also pass a series of exams in order to become certified with the state you wish to work in. Some states may even require you to have your master’s degree after you receive your certification.
3. Complete your master’s degree program. Once you have fulfilled all your college and certification requirements, you might need to also achieve your master’s degree with a certain period of time after your receive your certification. It is beneficial to pursue a master’s degree since you will be offered more advanced coursework in instructional techniques and procedures in the specific subject.
4. Obtain your national certification. While it’s not necessary for you to have a national certification, having one will display your teaching skills and knowledge. Another benefit on earning your national certification? You have a chance of earning higher pay. It is required that you should have at least three years of teaching experience and a teaching license. The certification will be issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
It can take some time to become a high school teacher however the wait will be worth it. You must remember that even if you understand and comprehend physics easily, you must also be able to explain the material so your students will be able to understand it. Having great interpersonal skills, patience, and empathy are also important qualities to have as a high school teacher. Not all students are adept and as quick to learn this subject as others so you may require some more effort to teach some of your students.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes251054.htm
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/25-1054.00

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