What does a history teacher do?
History teachers teach students about the various in-depth parts of history. They provide students with a broad exposure to historical events and time periods and include an abundance of dates and facts on a variety of types of history such as ancient, U.S., European, African, Asian, and world history. History teachers are responsible for creating and presenting lesson plans, evaluating students’ performance through homework, assignments, and tests, and communicating with students and their parents about progress and concerns. They create a fun and meaningful learning environment using a variety of teaching techniques and materials such as textbooks, outside resources, and visual aids. Like all other teachers, history teachers are responsible for maintaining safety and order in the classroom and enforcing rules.
What kind of training does a history teacher need?
History teachers need at least a bachelor degree in education with a concentration on history or social science. Some history teachers have a previous history background and complete additional teacher training courses to meet the requirements of their state. All states require public school history teachers to be licensed. Private school history teachers usually do not need a license. Licensing requirements vary by state, but typically include at least a bachelor degree and completion of an approved teacher training program, supervised teaching experience, and passing a written examination. History teachers must complete annual continuing education courses to maintain their certification. Continuing education also helps history teachers stay current on the latest teaching techniques, improve their skills, and advance to higher level positions.
What are the prospects for a career as a history teacher?
Employment of all school teachers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 12% from 2006 to 2016 (1). Population growth and an increase of student enrollments will drive job growth.
Job prospects are expected to be good especially in less desirable urban and rural school districts. Job openings will also arise from the need to replace history teachers that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do history teachers make?
As of October 2009, the average annual salary for history teachers is $45,000; average annual salaries vary among location, employer, degree, position, and experience (2).
A career as a history teacher is an excellent choice for people who have a strong interest in history and enjoy teaching students about the subject. History teachers must be able to present historical concepts in fun and interesting ways and be able to inspire trust and motivation in their students. Excellent communication, organization, patience, creativity are essential characteristics of history teachers.