Science Education

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Many of the students that pursue this certificate are science teachers that want to teach secondary or postsecondary science, or who want to set the foundation for the additional education they will need to teach at the college level.

What Does a Career in Science Education Look Like?

Responsibilities vary according to education level. Middle school and high school teachers can expect to perform the following duties:

  • Instruct through lectures, discussions and demonstrations.
  • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials.
  • Maintain order.  
  • Document student progress and maintain student records.
  • Enforce school policies and rules regarding governing students.

Professors are expected to teach on a different level, and even those expectations vary from community college to college and university positions. In general, professors:

  • Develop and adapt curriculum.
  • Instruct via lecture, discussions, lab and office hours.
  • Document student progress and maintain student records.
  • Perform research, present findings and innovate.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate research and instruction.
  • Enforce community college, college or university policies and rules regarding governing students.
  • Contribute to academic and scientific journals.

Science Education Salary and Forecast

Middle and high school science teachers can expect to earn a median salary of $44,284. Teaching job opportunities are forecast to increase at a rate of 5-8% nation-wide and 9% per year in North Carolina.

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Science professors typically earn a median salary of $85,410. North Carolina leads the way in professor salaries, with a state median salary of $88,530. Job opportunity growth for professors is forecasted to increase at a rate of 9-13% per year.

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What Education is Required to Work in Science Education?

A certificate from NC State is highly regarded in the field of education. Most science teachers have a bachelor’s degree in science or education, or a master’s degree in education. However, many science teachers enter the field with a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree and then pursue a certificate in the subject they wish to teach, especially if they want to work as a science specialist or high school science teacher.

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Professors at universities and colleges typically have a doctorate. However, many community college instructors have a bachelor’s degree and pursue a master’s degree while teaching at the community college level. It is expected that you will have specialized in a specific field within science so that you have deep subject knowledge.

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Science Education Job Opportunities

Science teachers and professors are in demand. Explore teaching jobs.

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Tuition and Monthly Payments

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NC State offers a monthly payment plan.

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