College Level Teaching Requirements

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College Level Teaching Requirements
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For people wanting to share their professional knowledge with students, the opportunity to teach at the college level is available. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2008 the average college teacher, also referred to as professors or instructors, ranged from £18,765 to £79,202. The college level teaching requirements are just as diverse as the subjects that are being taught.


The education requirements to become a teacher at the college level depends on the type of college you are interested in working at. Two-year colleges, vocational, or technical schools typically require prospective teachers to hold a master's degree.

People interested in teaching at four-year universities, especially ones that are researched based, must meet additional education requirements. These universities require teachers to have doctoral degrees, which can take approximately six years to complete.

There is one exception to the higher education requirements. Teachers who only have a bachelor's degree are allowed to teach some college level courses, however, they are typically enrolled in a concurrent master's degree program.


Universities, colleges and vocational schools hire people with experience in their field. In other words, prospective teaching applicants must be experts in their fields, like English, marketing, biology or engineering, to be considered for any teaching position. For instance, technical colleges are interested in prospective teachers who have the education and at least three years experience working in their field, according to College Grad.


Individuals need other qualifications to meet the college teaching requirements. Teachers need strong communication skills, as well as the ability to relate to students, implement effective teaching methods and motivate students to learn.

Also, instructors at a college or university need to be able to work independently and be self-motivated. Teaching requires anywhere from 10 weeks to 3 months to educate students, sometimes with little supervision from department heads.

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