Career Opportunities in Secondary Science Education

Student science teacher works with a group of high school students in the classroom

Where Can I Teach?
With a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Western, you are eligible to teach in both public and private schools in the United States and abroad. There also are opportunities to work with young people in out-of-the-classroom settings such as camps, enrichment programs, and schools-at-sea programs, and in non-traditional science education programs in science centers, museums, science centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquaria, conservation groups, and advocacy organizations, to name but a few options.

Teaching in North Carolina
Graduates from Western enjoy a high rate of success in earning their licenses and finding teaching jobs in public and private schools throughout North Carolina. No matter where you go to teach in North Carolina, you are likely to find teaching alum from Western in a nearby classroom or school system.

What to Expect
Successful graduates can expect to earn an average 10-month starting salary of about $28,500 plus benefits in North Carolina public schools. In addition, some school systems offer local salary supplements as well as incentives for new hires. Public school teachers, who are covered by the state retirement plan, also earn extra compensation, called longevity pay, for teaching more than 10 years.


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