Career in Teaching

Teaching can be a very rewarding career that allows a person to work at various levels from administrative to teacher’s aides. In order to know which career a person desires in teaching, they must understand the different employment positions available.

The various jobs, qualifications, education, and skills needed, as well as salary information is listed below.

Teaching Assistants

A teaching assistant helps in the classroom as well as helps the teacher will a variety of tasks such as tutoring, prepare supplies for lessons, record grades, set up equipment, supervising children on field trips, supervise loading and unloading busses, supervise students in the hallway.

At present there are no formal qualifications needed, although if you have previous experience or even completed one of the teaching assistant courses this will help your application. Most schools will make you undergo some training, which can include working towards NVQ’s and more, this is available at most schools.

Average earnings for teacher assistants range from £12,400 to £17,900,

The wages vary due to part time or full time employment as well as the education of the assistant and the location of the school. In some schools you may also receive other benefits too. NVQ Assessors can earn more.

Special Education Teachers

Teachers that work with children and youths who have a variety of disabilities are known as Special Education Teachers. The type of learning disabilities often seen include speech or language impairments, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, hearing impairments, orthopaedic impairments, visual impairments, autism, combined deafness and blindness, and traumatic brain injury, to name a few. Some special education teachers work with students that have severe cases whereas others work with children with mild to moderate disabilities.

Education for special education teachers includes undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees however, in most cases to find employment at a school in any state in the US, you must have at least a bachelors degree as well as the completion of an approved teacher preparation program.

The average earnings for special education teachers are between £20,627 and £30,148 for special education teachers working in preschools, kindergartens, and elementary schools.


The majority of professors teach at universities and colleges. Teachers at this level teach a wide rage of vocational and academic subjects. These courses are designed for working toward a degree or for personal improvement.

In most cases to be employed at a four-year college or university, a person must hold a doctoral degree. On the other hand, for some subjects a master’s degree is accepted.

In 2008 on average professors earned between £30,000 and £70,000, all salaries depend on previous experience and qualifications you have.

Adult Literacy

In the majority of cases, teachers in this field are volunteers and the person must possess a bachelor’s degree. Self-enrichment courses can include a wide array of subjects such as painting, cooking, dancing, family budgeting, or computer skills.

As stated above, in most cases, a bachelors degree is required however, with some courses such as computer skills or crafts life experiences can be used to apply for a position. In some cases, government programs or educational facilities hire individuals to work with adults to teach reading or self-enrichment classes.

Those that did receive a salary earned between £18,000 and £45,000

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