Secondary school teachers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Secondary school teachers may specialize in such areas as mathematics, English, French, special education or second language instruction. Secondary school teachers of vocational and trades subjects may specialize in areas such as hairdressing or auto mechanics.
B. Prepare subject material for presentation to students according to an approved curriculum
C. Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations, and laboratory, shop and field studies
D. Assign and correct homework
E. Prepare, administer and correct tests
F. Evaluate progress, determine individual needs of students and discuss results with parents and school officials
G. Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help
H. Participate in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops
I. May advise students on course selection and on vocational and personal matters
1. To be a teacher, you must have a bachelor's degree in education and a provincial/territorial teaching certificate.
2. To be a teacher of academic subjects, you often need a bachelor's degree in the arts or sciences before obtaining your degree in education.
3. To be a teacher of vocational or technical subjects, you usually need specialized training or experience in your field before obtaining your bachelor's degree in education.
4. To be a school department head, you must have several years' teaching experience.
5. With additional training, or as a result of specialization during your bachelor's degree studies, you may specialize your teacher training in special education, or English/French-as-a-second-language.
6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a vice-principal or another senior administrator in the educational system.
4. Social Studies
The average hourly wages for Secondary School Teachers is $27.57/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion and are close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.