English Teacher Job Description

WHAT DO ENGLISH TEACHERS DO?

Learning proper English is important. It's the difference between the phrases "Let's eat, grandma." and "Let's eat grandma." If you want to make sure the grandmothers of the world remain tooth-mark free, consider becoming an English teacher. English teachers prepare and educate students for the world. Primarily in middle, high schools and post-secondary schools, English teachers teach grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and understanding of books and other writings.

English teachers create lesson plans and teach those plans to the entire class, individually to students or in small groups, track student progress and present the information to parents, create tests, create and reinforce classroom rules, work with school administration prepare students for standardized tests, and manage students outside the classroom, such as in school hallways, detention, etc.

HOW MUCH DO ENGLISH TEACHERS MAKE?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2010 median income for teachers was:
$51,380 a year for elementary school teachers
$51,960 per year for middle school teachers
$53,230 per year for high school teachers
$53,220 per year for special education teachers
$22.37 an hour ($46,530 per year) for adult literacy/GED teachers
$62,050 per year for postsecondary teachers

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

Elementary through high school teachers must have a bachelor's degree in education. Some states require teachers to have a degree in english or similar. In some instances, a master's degree is required. In addition, teachers must be licensed by the state, also known as state certification. Teachers in private schools may not need state certification.

Post-secondary teachers at universities and community colleges have at least a master's degree, and many have a Ph. D. in English, literature, or similar.

JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Communication Skills: You must be able to speak clearly to students, other teachers, parents and administration officials.
  • Instruction Skills: You will have to explain new ideas and unfamiliar concepts with authority and in a clear and concise way so that students can understand. You must work to keep the students' attention
  • Writing Skills: Teachers write progress reports, notes home, and in the case of post-secondary teachers, publish research. Writing skills are critical.
  • Patience: The students you work with will have different backgrounds and abilities. Patience will help teachers deal with students who act out or have trouble following the material.
  • Creativity: Teachers have to find ways to involve students into their lessons. Additionally, teachers may have to work with different learning styles to get the most out of each student.
  • People Skills: Engaging parents and creating healthy relationships with students and faculty will help create a quality learning environment.

CAREER PATHS FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS

THE FUTURE OF ENGLISH TEACHERS

Depending on what level of school you are teaching, job growth changes. According to the BLS, middle school teacher jobs are expected to increase by 17% between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as average. However, high school teaching jobs will grow more slowly, at 7%.