For high school a Bachelor's will do.
You'll need at least a Master's for college though most will prefer a doctorate.
you need a B.S. in history along with a degree for secondary education. College is a different monster. good luck.
Master's. Thanks to Mr. Bush he wants Highly Qualified teachers so No Child should be Left Behind. However he ..er...er..forgot to fund it. You can get into the field with a BS but you have 6 years to COMPLETE your M.Ed or MA in the field you teach. You also need full certification.
I teach in MA. Not bad for pay.
History degree, if you go for graduate studies that will definitely help but not always necessary. You also need your teaching certification, and qualifications for those vary by state.
Different states pay different amounts, but all states have different costs of living, so take that into factor.
You need a BA in the subject or related field. HS may need you to be enrolled in a credentialed program after your BA, and in CA you need to usually have passed the CBEST test. For college you need at least a Masters, with either your BA or MA in the related subject.
You need a bachelors in elementary ed then a master's in secondary education.
This varies widely. In some states, Washington for instance, you don'nt even need a BA in that particular field, as long as you can show proficiency in your subject (Via the ETS Praxis II test). Here, you will need at minimum:
A BA in something.
A teaching certificate (usually issued at the culmination of an undergrad or graduate teaching program- Masters in Teaching is a very valuable thing in states that pay bonuses for such things)
An endorsement in a subject area, gained by student teaching in that or a related field and passing the aforementioned test.
This is different in each state, your mileage may vary.
Google your state's pay scale for teachers (be patient, some are hard to find), which will give you the baseline salaries for years in service and education. Some districts can afford to add more, and there are bonuses for things like National Board Certification.
You can do both with a Masters, but college likes to see at least a MA.
You would only be given one lecuture class to freshmen with a BA degree
For High School you need to take manditory education courses, about 6-9 more units. You have to take the Praxis test for grade and catagory. You may have to student teach 10 weeks.
A history degree is what you need.
Teaching high school...This will depend on the state in which you live. Check your state's Department of Education website for specifics. In my state (PA), you need a Bachelor's Degree, preferably in History and/or Secondary Education. You also need to have passed all of your state's required certification tests in order to receive your certificate. And don't forget that you might need to have background checks run on you--- in PA, these include Criminal Record, Child Abuse, and FBI clearances. With the No Child Left Behind Law and also states' various certification laws. High school history jobs are extremely hard to find as there are always more candidates than there are positions.
With college, you can expect to have at least a Masters degree--- some schools will hire you as an adjunct if you only have a Masters. If you want to become a full time professor, you will most likely have to earn a Doctorate, though this will not grant you tenure in a college or university, which is what you need to become an "associate professor" or a full-time professor. That's a whole other mess!
Good luck with whatever you decide.
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