A psychology teacher at a postsecondary institution administers knowledge about psychology. Some classes will involve knowledge about basic psychology theories and the psychologists who initiated them, while others will teach more complicated theories. In some institutions, the teacher may be provided with a curriculum. In others, the teacher will have to come up with a curriculum and lesson plans.
The teacher must make sure that the material is engaging and that it adheres to the institution’s policy and legal regulations. Occasionally, the psychology teacher will administer tests and quizzes to acquire grades for students and find out if students are comprehending the material. When a majority of the class appears to be having trouble with the material, the psychology teacher needs to reevaluate the material being taught and the method of teaching. From there, the teacher should try to pass on the teachings in a different way in order to achieve student understanding.
Usually, an advanced degree such as a master’s or a PhD is needed. However, some universities and colleges may allow those with only a bachelor’s degree to teach, especially if an advanced degree is currently being pursued. For most positions, adequate teaching experience is needed. Strong communication and public speaking skills are needed in order to successfully pass on knowledge to students. The psychology teacher will usually have a fixed teaching schedule, but sometimes the teacher will be required to be available to students outside of those hours. This includes providing office hours for students to visit. Most of the classes are usually taught in a classroom, though some classes are now taught on the internet.
Psychology Teacher, Postsecondary Tasks
Work with students to improve understanding and explain course objectives.
Create course syllabi and learning objectives and deliver instruction.
Grade assignments, quizzes and tests and provide feedback to students.
Maintain student records.
Attend organization meetings and interact with staff.