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Community College Teaching?

  1. Jul 29, 2010 #1


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    I have been thinking of teaching remedial math at a community college (I'm in the US). But I don't have even a master's degree in math. My education and work experience is kind of odd:
    - bachelor's in math and music
    - master of engineering science degree in computer science (this was an evening master's program, and I wouldn't equate this with a M.S. degree in computer science)
    - 10 years teaching math & music at a private school
    - have teaching certification in secondary school math

    Since I don't have a master's degree in math, should I not even bother looking for teaching positions at the community college level? Has anyone heard of people teaching at a community college without having a master's in their subject matter?

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  3. Jul 29, 2010 #2
    one of my teachers at the community college i went to had only a masters in english and he taught everything from religion to psychology. even a world history class if i'm not mistaken. so i think it's possible. there might be certain credit hour requirements for each subject though
  4. Jul 29, 2010 #3
    You have to have a masters degree in something to teach at a community college, but it is extremely common for people to teach something outside their field. There is a huge shortage of people teaching at the community college level, and it's usually trivial to get an adjunct position. You just find the right person, ask for a job, and they'll give it to you.

    Since a lot of remedial math involves teaching people in college things that they should have learned in high school, I personally think that your credentials are perfect.

    The one thing that you do have to be aware of is that teaching at a community college is that the pay is low. Adjuncts do not get paid what I think of as a living wage, and it's more paid charity work than anything else. Permanent positions do get paid decent amounts, but those are much harder to come by.
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