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World History Teacher: Employment Info & Requirements

Learn about the job duties of a world history teacher. See what the career prospects and earning potential are to figure out if this career is right for you.

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Career Definition for World History Teachers

A world history teacher provides classroom instruction to students about historical events and how these events shaped the world we live in today. World history teachers focus on different civilizations and the countries and kingdoms that dominated the world landscape. Teachers help students prepare for assignments and exams related to world history. World history teachers have the opportunity to enhance and influence students' lives and help them interpret the events that have occurred around the world.

Education Bachelor's or graduate degree in world history or a related field
Job Duties Instruct students on historical events, prepare students for assignments and exams
Median Salary (2015) $57,200 (all high school teachers)
Job Growth (2014-2024) 6% growth (all high school teachers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

If you are interested in becoming a world history teacher, it is essential that you receive a bachelor's degree or greater in a related subject. In addition to the completion of a student teaching requirement, classes you may take in college include world history, European civilizations, and African history.

Licensure Requirements

According to the U.S. Department of Education, www.ed.gov, all 50 states require teachers to be licensed in the state in which they want to teach. Each state's Board of Education grants these licenses to teachers. Qualifications for licensure typically vary by state.

Skills Required

The skills required to become a world history teacher include the ability to prepare and execute lesson plans. You will need to have tremendous knowledge of world history, and this includes events, countries, civilizations, and time periods. World history teachers also have to design challenging exams for their students and work closely with parents and other educators to ensure that students are progressing appropriately.

Career and Economic Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), high school teachers, other than those who teach special education and career/technical subjects, earned a median salary of $57,200 as of May 2015 (www.bls.gov). The BLS predicted jobs for high school teachers would grow by 6% from 2014-2024, which is the average growth for all occupations.

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