With more than 1.7 billion people learning English worldwide, demand for native English-speaking teachers is so high that virtually any native English speaker (& many non-native speakers) can teach English abroad professionally with an accredited TEFL certification. In fact, even without a background in education, it's not typically a matter of whether you can get a job teaching English abroad, but which job in which country is the best fit for you. The common factor bringing our graduates together is the desire to experience new cultures and travel the world. To learn more, check out What are the Basic Requirements to Teach English Abroad?
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for middle school teachers in all subjects is $55,860 per year.1 Projections indicate that job growth for middle school teachers will be 6% between 2014 and 2024, or about as fast as average.1 Teachers at the secondary level earn an average annual salary of $57,200 and can expect a 6% job growth rate from 2014 to 2024.2 Postsecondary teachers of English earn an average annual salary of $72,470 and have job growth prospects of 13% from 2014 to 2024.3
The first step in becoming an English teacher is to complete an undergraduate degree. Prospective English teachers should obtain a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree, preferably in English. They will also need to complete a teacher-training program that specializes in English Language Arts. The teacher preparation program will include courses in classroom management, teaching strategies, assessment, and differentiated instruction. Candidates will also participate in student teaching experiences in real classrooms. For those who may have a Bachelor's Degree without a teacher training component, individual programs are available.
Robin Higgins was born and raised in Oakland, California and has been tutoring and teaching chemistry for over ten years. She received a full ride to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, interned in the synthetic organic chemistry department of Gilead Sciences, then went to UCLA as a PhD candidate for organic chemistry. While in grad school, she realized she wanted to teach, so she left with her masters degree. Now she tutors online, and teaches gen chem lecture at Mt. St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles.
I began my journey with the SSC last semester, undergoing Supplemental Instruction for Organic Chemistry I. I started working at the SSC this semester, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I assist in Supplemental Instruction sessions for Biology, and I offer private tutoring for introductory Biology and Chemistry courses. I look forward to seeing you!
Numerous jobs are available for English teachers among employers seeking strong writers who have good verbal communication and research skills. These positions require tactfulness and diplomacy, with the ability to work on cross-functional teams and offer productive feedback to colleagues and executives at various levels. Strong writing, proofreading and editing skills are also highly valued by employers.
Online tutors work with students of varying abilities and ages. Most have at least a master’s degree and are paid on an hourly basis. Tutors may work from anywhere in the world as long as they have a computer and Internet access (and a U.S. bank account). Peak season for hiring is May through August and November–December every year. Part-time (9–20 hours per week). Paid training of 10–15 hours required.