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.
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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
Trends and Projections
The future job openings for this type of job are in High demand.
This is a good opportunity for people in rural Yukon as this job is required in most Yukon communities. Earnings in this type of job are higher than the average for all workers. The average annual earnings for all workers in this group was $60,900 in 2011.
First Nations Connections
Secondary school teachers benefit from knowledge of Yukon First Nations culture, history and current-day issues. Having an understanding of the Yukon’s social history is an important part of understanding the social reality currently experienced by Yukon First Nations people. In particular, an understanding of residential schools and the continuing effects of this experience on Yukon First Nations education is critical. For example, one intergenerational effect is that some Yukon First Nation parents may not feel comfortable entering the school or talking to teachers and principals.
Teachers also need to be aware of First Nations learning styles that affect the students' approach to classroom learning and the progress of their education. Teachers need to be familiar with Yukon First Nations curricula and materials that have been developed for various grade levels. Additionally, they should be able to distinguish, support and be committed to Yukon First Nations activities, including the involvement of local Elders and appropriate protocols for their participation.
As Yukon First Nations assume increasing control and responsibility in education, teachers may benefit from reading sections 13 and 17 of the Umbrella Final Agreement.
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.
Some sample job titles are:
Trades Instructor, High School
Advancement opportunities include promotions to vice-principal or principal, other administrative positions, superintendent or specialist work at the departmental level.
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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.