Postsecondary teachers work with students to instruct them in many different subjects like math and science, that are academic, career, and technical areas that are beyond the high school level. They also publish scholarly books and papers and conduct research. They work in a variety of places such as junior or community colleges, professional schools, private colleges and universities, or career and technical schools. Their hours are flexible outside of class time and may spend available time in student advising, research, or administrative activities.
How to become a Postsecondary Teacher
Postsecondary teachers require a doctoral degree in their field if employed by a 4-year college or university. In some schools the candidate may be considered with a master's degree or those in the doctoral degree program for some specialities, like, fine arts or for a particular part-time position.
Community colleges or technical and career schools may also consider hiring one with a master's degree, however, competition is strong because of the numbers of applicants, thereby giving these institutions a greater selection and making the odds in favor of those holding a Ph.D..
Postsecondary teachers who instruct students in career and technical courses such as cosmetology or culinary arts, may not require graduate-level education. However, they must have the degree of the program that they are teaching. Experience is important as well as education for securing a job at a career or technical school.
Job Description of a Postsecondary Teacher
Postsecondary teachers have the duties of teaching courses in their subject area and working with students that are taking classes to help improve their knowledge or career skills. They ensure their courses meet department and college standards by developing instructional plans. He or she works with other colleagues to notify or develop the curriculum for a certificate or degree program that involves a series of courses.
A postsecondary teacher grades papers, exams, and assignments and advise students on course selections to achieve their goals. He or she remains current in any innovations or changes in their field and perform experiments and research in their field to advance their own knowledge. They may supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees.
A postsecondary teacher publishes original analysis and research in academic journals and books. They serve on administration and academic committees that review and recommend policies, promotions and hiring in their departments, and make budget decisions.