Post-secondary Education Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Initiates, facilitates, and moderates classroom discussions.
  • Supervises students' fieldwork, internship, and research work.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as children's literature, learning and development, and reading instruction.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Conducts research in a particular field of knowledge and publishes findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Advises students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Plans, evaluates, and revises curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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