A career as a computer teacher offers many different opportunities. A computer teacher might cover basic keyboarding and computer functions for teenagers in public school or adults who are updating their work skills in a night class, or they may teach more complicated elements of computer science to college students. The duties of a computer teacher typically include creating lesson plans, evaluating student performance, maintaining classroom records, meeting with parents, teachers and other professionals, updating curriculum, and participating in campus events. Additional research, supervisory or organizational duties may also be required depending upon the expectation of the employing school.
To teach in a public secondary school, a bachelor's degree in computer science is usually required. A semester of student teaching is also needed and is usually completed within the bachelor's degree program. A master's degree is typically the minimum educational requirement to teach at a college or university. Because requirements vary, contact the Board of Education in the state in which you wish to teach.
Licensing and Certification Requirements
Public secondary school teachers, like computer teachers, are typically required to hold specific certification - sometimes referred to as a single-subject certification - issued by the state. Licensing is required by all states to teach in the public school system; however, a license is not necessarily needed for private schools. A teaching credential may not be necessary for computer teachers working at the postsecondary level.
A computer teacher is often expected to solve minor technical problems that happen within their classrooms, so computer troubleshooting experience is important. No matter the topic, all teachers should be enthusiastic about the subject they are instructing and exhibit patience when working with students who don't immediately understand the concepts being presented. Professionalism and good communication skills are also important as a computer teacher must interact with parents, administrators, and other teachers on a daily basis.