Become a Business Teacher: Degree Requirements and Career Roadmap

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Should I Become a Business Teacher?

Business teachers often work in middle or high schools; they educate students about economics, accounting, marketing, and other general business topics. Teaching is often stressful due to large classes and lack of current teaching materials. The work could be rewarding, however, when teachers can observe their students' many accomplishments. In addition to have communication and instructional skills, they must be competent with computers and other classroom technology. As of May 2015, middle school teachers earned a mean annual salary of $58,760, and high school teachers earned an average of $60,440 a year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Degree Level Bachelor's degree required; some states may require a master's degree
Degree Field Business, business education
Licensure State teacher certification required in order to teach at a public school
Experience Student teaching experience required
Key Skills Computer, office, and classroom technology skills; instructional and communication skills
Median Salary (2015) $58,760 (for middle school teachers)
$60,440 (for high school teachers)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2015), Fort Hays State University

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Step 1: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

To teach business, you'll need a bachelor's degree in business or business education. Business education programs cover topics like accounting, management, office technology, and marketing. Students also take courses in human development, lesson planning, classroom management, classroom technology, and instructional methods. Those who decide to major in business will need to complete teaching requirements through an additional program.

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  • Complete an internship. While attending college, a prospective business teacher can complete a supervised teaching internship at a local school. Internships offer the chance to gain experience in the classroom and learn from seasoned professionals.

Step 2: Obtain Certification or Licensure

To obtain teaching certification or licensure, which is required in all states, aspiring teachers need to complete a bachelor's program, student teaching experience, and state-approved exams. A background check may be necessary as well. Some states require that teachers earn a post-baccalaureate degree after they begin teaching. To maintain certification or liecnsure, teachers are usually expected to take continuing education courses.

Step 3: Complete a Master's Program

As mentioned previously, some states require that certified teachers earn a master's degree. Master's programs might include courses in curriculum development and the psychology of learning. Earning a master's degree could lead to advanced teaching certification.

In addition, aspiring teachers who have a bachelor's degree in business but aren't certified might consider pursuing a master's degree in business education. These programs offer the education coursework and hands-on teaching experience needed for certification. A master's degree can also qualify individuals to teach business in community colleges or adult education programs.

In summary, to become a business teacher you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree along with state certification or licensure. A master's degree might be needed to maintain certification or licensure or to advance your career.

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