Science Teacher Qualifications
Qualifications for becoming a science teacher include earning at least a bachelors degree and obtaining teacher certification. While some future science teachers complete a bachelors degree in science education, many others earn a bachelors in a specific area of science and take additional classes to qualify for certification or pursue a masters degree in education. Regardless of your major, you should try to take courses in a variety of sciences such as physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science. Qualifications for licensure vary by state, but most states require passing the appropriate Praxis test. You will typically be required to complete a specified number of science and education related continuing education courses in order to periodically renew your license.
Like teachers in any other subject, science teachers need to be patient, compassionate, and dedicated to their profession and their students. Science can be a difficult subject for many students. Successful science teachers must be able to explain technical terms and complex concepts to students in a way that they can comprehend and relate to. Good communication skills are essential in order to effectively make science accessible to a wide variety of students.
Most teacher education programs will involve a period of student teaching, where you will assist and instruct in a classroom under the guidance and supervision of an experienced science teacher. It can also help to have some experience working in science so that you can bring real-world application of the sciences into your classroom.
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