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Career Facts - Education Program

Secondary Education (Teacher)

Also see Elementary Education (Teacher)
Also see Paraprofessional Certificate

What They Do:  
Secondary school teachers teach one or more subjects to teenagers and young adults in middle school, junior high or high school.  They serve as counselors, role models, and disciplinarians, and help students to be successful in a career, in their adult lives, and in life-long learning.   Outside of class, secondary teachers are expected to spend time, preparing lessons, grading papers, participating in school activities and improving their own knowledge and skills.

Related Occupations:
School administrator, school counselor, sign language interpreter, university professor.

Who Would Enjoy It: 
You will probably enjoy being a secondary teacher if you:

  • Have a passion for a subject matter such as history or math and wish to share your interests with other.
  • Are interested in a career in a human services field,
  • Enjoy being around teenagers or young adults,
  • Like solving problems and sharing what you know,
  • Think it is important to explore new ideas
  • Hope to make a difference in someone's life.

What They Earn:
Certified secondary teachers work 10 months per year with a median salary of $47,740 in May 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In Michigan, new teachers could earn as high as $36,000 in certain school districts.   Certain specialties such as math, science, special education, vocational education and bilingual education are in high demand.  Teachers who have taught for many years and have earned advanced degrees could earn up to 85,000.

How Many Jobs Available: 
Nearly 30% of Michigan's teachers will be retiring over the next decade, creating available positions for newly certified teachers in all fields.  There are current and projected shortages for urban school districts and certain subject areas.  The highest demand is for math, science, bilingual education, vocational education and special education.

How Much Schooling, Training, or Skill Development: 
To become a certified teacher in grades 7-12 you must complete a bachelor degree (B.A.) in the subject you wish to teach plus a series of required courses in Education.  Some programs offer these Education courses as a minor, thus preparing students to find employment after earning the B.A. degree.  Other programs consist of the B.A. in your subject area and a Masters Degree for teacher preparation.  Official certification is granted after taking the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification (MTTC).  To maintain certification, teachers are expected to earn six continuing education credits every five years.

What They Study at LCC: 
Follow the Curriculum Guide for Associate in Associate of Arts Degree, Secondary Education

LCC has articulation agreements in Secondary Education with the following schools:

Central Michigan University
Spring Arbor University
Western Michigan University (Vocational Education)

For information about transferring to other Michigan colleges and Universities: Transfer Guides.

Liberal Studies Division:
Teacher Preparation

Geoff Quick, PhD
Education Lead Faculty

Julia Petry,
Social Science and Humanities Department Chair

LCC Advising

Curriculum               Staff

Business Department at Lansing Community College

Social Science and Humanities Department
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 2203
Phone: (517) 483-1018
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