Teachers work primarily at schools and universities to administer courses according to the standards of the state and institution, as well as create a syllabus and daily lessons. The necessary materials are often ordered by the teacher, and they may also be allocated budgets to be met.
While some teachers focus on one subject, others may teach more than one, and it's important to be able to present the material in an understandable manner. Teachers often administer homework, classwork, and tests to determine grades and whether the material is being absorbed. Individual attention may be given to struggling students, and sometimes the method of teaching may be modified when the class seems to be struggling with the material. Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary in this position, and when working with school-age children it's important to coordinate with parents to maximize students’ learning. Patience is also essential, as some students may struggle with attention, discipline, or academic problems.
A bachelor’s degree in education is usually required for this position, though preschools may only require an associate's degree in early childhood education. Current CPR and BLS certification may also be necessary, and prior teaching experience can be obtained via internships and past employment. There are both part-time and full-time positions available, and some teachers may work on-call as substitutes, especially early in their careers.