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Career Definition for Keyboarding Teachers
Despite texting and the use of thumbs to communicate, keyboarding, or touch typing, is the single most important computer skill a child can learn according to Today's Learners, a Web-based resource for teachers that can help them enhance classroom skills (www.todays-learners.com). Keyboarding has morphed from the strict domain of vocational instruction to an amalgam of language arts, computer literacy, and business. It is recommend that instruction begin in the fifth grade and continue to be reinforced throughout high school by business or computer literacy teachers.
In general, keyboarding instructors teach students how to develop speed and accuracy while using the 10-key keypad. They may also instruct students on the proper formatting of correspondence and help them develop proofreading skills. Instructors may supplement their teaching with software training, such as the use of Microsoft Office and computer typing games.
|Education||Bachelor's in education and teaching certification|
|Job Duties||Help students develop speed and accuracy while typing|
|Median Salary (2015)||$57,200 (all high school teachers)|
|Job Growth (2014-2024)||6% (all elementary, middle, and high school teachers)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Keyboarding instructors who teach in elementary, middle, or high schools must be licensed teachers and hold a bachelor's degree or higher in education, according to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (www.ncate.org). Those without a teaching license may wish to pursue employment at local colleges or adult-learning centers, which may only require a bachelor's degree, keyboarding skills, and an ability to teach.
A keyboarding teacher must understand the methodology and psychomotor skill development involved with keyboarding for each grade level. They should also have a patient and encouraging disposition that fosters a fun learning environment.
Career and Salary Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS) reports that job opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in general will grow by 6% from 2014 to 2024. Keyboarding is now part of the required curriculum in most school districts, so those with knowledge in its methodology will be attractive to potential employers. Those without teaching certifications may wish to volunteer their skills at one of the many community-based nonprofit job training programs that teach basic job skills to people seeking entry into the workforce. In May 2015, the median salary for elementary school teachers was $54,890 while middle school teachers earned $55,860 and high school teachers earned $57,200, according to the BLS (www.bls.gov).
Alternate Career Options
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Career and Technical Education Teachers
Career and technical education teachers help students acquire the skills they need to pursue entry-level positions in a variety of areas, including construction trades, health care, hospitality, or information technology. High school graduates or candidates with an associate degree may qualify for some positions, provided they have significant experience in their occupational field. A bachelor's degree in a specific field of study is usually required to work in a public school district. The BLS reports that employment of career and technical education teachers is projected to increase by 4% nationwide, or slower than average, between 2014 and 2024. As of May 2015, teachers who provided career and technical education instruction were paid median yearly wages of $52,800 (www.bls.gov).
Instructional coordinators work in partnership with administrators and teachers to design, implement, and evaluate the use of educational materials. Completion of a master's degree program in curriculum and instruction or education is usually required to obtain a position. Instructional coordinators who are applying to public school districts may need a teaching or educational administrator's license. Between 2014 and 2024, employment prospects for instructional coordinators nationwide are expected to grow by 7%, or as fast as average, as reported by the BLS. In May 2015, individuals employed in instructional coordination earned median annual wages of $62,270 (www.bls.gov).