College Teacher Qualifications


The teaching vocation is one of the largest professions in the world, imparting knowledge on a vast variety of subjects to an immeasurable community of students and learners. College teachers are among this group; their primary responsibility is to instruct students in a specific subject using a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, demonstration, presentations and group work.

The educational and training qualifications for teachers may vary from state to state. The minimum requirement is a teaching certificate or a Bachelor degree in Education from an accredited college or university. In addition to this, the applicant has to apply for a teaching licence from the National Board of Certification or the state licensing body.

The most common college teacher qualifications include at least a Master degree in the specific subject of instruction and related teaching experience. Some colleges may stipulate on a doctoral degree for certain disciplines. College professors handle core subjects in their particular specialty and may assume the role of mentors to doctoral students and associate professors. The minimum qualifications for college professors are a PHD in their discipline and 10 years of teaching and research experience.

Community colleges usually offer two year programs on general education, preparation courses to degree programs as well as occupational and technical skills. Community college teachers have a more challenging task, as their students come from diverse backgrounds in terms of education, age and culture. Community college teacher qualifications include a master degree as well as relevant classroom teaching or distance learning experience.

Master teachers are mentors to student teachers as well as provide training and guidance to other teachers. Master teacher qualifications include a teaching certification and experience in a supervisory role. It is necessary to have at least three years of teaching experience in addition to the candidate's academic qualifications or certifications.

The average salary of college teachers is USD 57,000. Community college teachers earn relatively less, averaging around USD 53,000. The salaries of college professors typically range from USD 55,000 to USD 75,000. The annual salary of a master teacher is estimated at about USD 50,000.