Yukon WorkFutures

Secondary school teachers

NOC 4031 / RANK 19


What They Do

Secondary school teachers work with students in grades 8-12 in a school setting. They prepare and teach various subjects including academics, technical, career preparations and specialty subjects such as languages, sciences, mathematics and others. This occupation group includes heads of departments and high school teacher-librarians.

A Day in the Life


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Main Duties

Secondary school teachers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare course material and present material to students, in keeping with an approved curriculum
  • Teach students using an organized plan of lectures, classroom discussions, audio-visual presentations, and/or laboratory, shop (workshop) and field studies
  • Assign, mark, and grade homework and tests
  • Monitor student progress, determine student needs on an individual basis, and discuss findings with parents and school officials, as needed
  • Manage the classroom and handle discipline issues
  • Develop and implement special programs for any students requiring remedial help
  • Attend staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops
  • May counsel students on course selection, as well as career prep and personal matters
  • May supervise student teachers

Working Conditions

Workers in this occupation may teach in classrooms, laboratories, libraries, workshops, gymnasiums and outdoors. They also typically perform other tasks, such as lesson preparation, grading and administrative tasks, outside of regular work hours. The amount of additional hours varies depending on several factors, including time required for lesson preparation, class size, grading, and course load and type.

Most teachers work a standard 10-month school year and have time off that corresponds with school holidays—several weeks in the summer and time off at Christmas and spring break.

How Do I Get There

Teachers of academic subjects are required to have completed a bachelor's degree in education. This degree is typically undertaken after earning a bachelor's degree in the arts or sciences. Experience working with youth is also beneficial.

Teachers of career preparation or technical subjects are required to have a bachelor's degree in education. In addition, they are also expected to have specialized training and/or experience in their subject.

School counsellors and teacher-librarians must typically have additional qualifications. Similarly, teachers focusing on either special education or English or French as a second language require additional training.

A Yukon teaching certificate is mandatory for all secondary school teachers.