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Think of someone you admire, someone who made a positive
difference in your life, maybe a favorite teacher. Now narrow the
focus: Why did that person have such an impact? Chances are, this
CARED about you.
LISTENED to you.
BELIEVED in you.
Now you want to share that sense of confidence. Help someone
else, perhaps a younger version of yourself, succeed. You want a
career that feeds your soul.
You can have that career...
It is called business TEACHING.
Becoming a business teacher gives you a career with staying power. It is a profession that is relevant,
practical, and diverse in its opportunities. Teaching offers real-world work experience as part of your
education. Additionally, a business education degree qualifies you for multiple career paths
immediately after graduation or at any stage in your life. It facilitates balance between your personal
and professional life and offers challenging and satisfying work and the chance to stand with industry
leaders on the cutting edge of business.
And most important, the chance to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
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Business teachers prepare people for careers in business and education.
In high schools, business teachers help students understand the basic skills and knowledge needed to become
gainfully employed and to be productive, contributing members of society, or to continue their education.
In community colleges, business instructors teach business or technical courses in their areas of expertise.
In universities, business education professors prepare students to teach business courses in high schools and
Want to know more? Here are examples of award-winning Business Education professionals...
CARRIE ANN PRATT, McMillan Magnet Middle School, Omaha, Nebraska. Ms. Pratt's classroom
is used as a demonstration model site for Common Sense Media, a national organization that
gives students, parents, and teachers information about media safety and internet ethics. She
pilots lessons, integrating them into her technology classes. After students complete the lessons
and learn more about specific computer applications, they provide comments, questions, and
ideas on how the information in each lesson could be improved.
CYNTHIA S. JOHNSON, Jefferson County North High School, Winchester, Kansas. When Ms.
Johnson was a first-year teacher, she was placed in charge of a struggling yearbook program. A
persistent innovator, she didn't let her lack of experience handicap her. Instead, she attended
intensive yearbook training programs. She sponsored fundraising activities to help defray
yearbook costs, then set about creating a world-class product. Two of her school's yearbooks
were selected as samples and nine as semifinalists in national competitions, catapulting her
students' work into the top 2.5% and top 10%, respectively, of contenders nationwide.
LINDA D. MILLER, Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Nebraska. Ms. Miller's students give
her an "A" for being Awesome--they say online or in-office, she knows how to help them
understand the subject, makes class fun yet very challenging, and relates material to career
fields. The Vice President of educational services at her college noted that she "has been
instrumental in [revising] our accounting program...which has [increased] student numbers in the
program and [graduated] more accounting students than we have ever had... Our students are
finding quality entry-level employment and satisfying regional employers with their accounting
knowledge and skills."
DIANE FISHER, University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. An active leader in local,
state, and national professional organizations, Dr. Fisher's teaching evaluations consistently rank
among the highest scores obtainable at her university. A model educator, she strives to improve
instruction and course offerings to meet the needs of every student. Thanks to her guidance,
several of her university students achieved national, state, and local recognition for their
teaching skills. She routinely involves her students in research that leads to presentations at
professional conferences.
STEPHEN D. LEWIS, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. Dr. Lewis has forged
strong relationships with local businesses and with principals and superintendents. Each year
students participate in office-based internships, and overall the university has placed dozens of
students in teaching positions. To maintain program strength, Dr. Lewis ensures that several
members of the faculty work closely with the State Department of Education to keep business
education "top of mind" and to be apprised early of any legislation or other proposals that might
impact business education. As a result, the department has a respected and strong voice
regarding curriculum and other business education issues.
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Give a little, get a little. Give a lot, get a lot. It is the same with a career. Ask business educators why they do
what they do, and here is what they will tell you: It is rewarding, fulfilling, energizing.
1. An orientation to the world of work, which is another word for
2. Hands-on learning about what it means to be part of a team.
3. Enhanced literacy in technology, personal and business finance,
communications, international commerce, and organization and
4. The desire to work harder and better than they thought
possible--and like it.
5. The chance to develop marketable skills and habits they can
apply to any career.
6. A personalized learning environment.
7. The chance to develop practical skills like writing a resume and knowing how to dress and present themselves
in an interview.
8. The opportunity to discover a job or career they will fall in love with.
9. The confidence and competence they need to be employable.
10. The skills to make a living, support a family, pursue their dreams, and succeed in business and in life.
1. The chance to stay up-to-date on the latest technology and business trends, which doubles your employment
options: you can work as a teacher or as a businessperson in virtually any industry, based on your area of
expertise (accounting, marketing, information systems, management, economics and personal finance, etc.).
2. Rarely, if ever, having to answer the question, "Why are we doing this?" or "When will we ever use this?"
Students want to be in your classes because what you are teaching relates to everyday life.
3. The privilege of teaching what you do best, in an environment where every day is different. Bored? Never!
4. Work schedules that are compatible with family life.
5. Respect from the business community for your organizational skills, your expertise in training employees, and
your ability to speak the language of business.
6. The opportunity to be actively involved--no sitting behind a desk all day--with people who love students,
love learning, and love life.
7. Instant rewards: your amazement at seeing the skills your students have learned in such a short time, and
their pride in mastering those skills.
8. The chance to belong to a supportive and respected professional team, working alongside colleagues who
generously help you develop into the best teacher you can be: by listening, sharing ideas, or mentoring.
9. Students who come back to thank you for what they learned in your class.
10. What you cannot get anywhere else: the chance to help someone believe in himself.
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As a business educator, you teach a curriculum that is relevant to everyone, whether your students are planning
to attend a four-year college, enroll in a community college or technical training school, or seek a job
immediately after high school. You will work with students like these:
Deanna, who wants to build her business skills to prepare for a career as a pediatrician or dietitian;
Lina, who plans to work with computers because she enjoys them and technology jobs pay well;
Massoon, who wants to start an air-conditioning technician business and is learning accounting as part
of his training; and
David, who wants to major in business administration at the collegiate level and eventually work for a
Fortune 500 company, and is studying marketing and management.
You become the bridge between your students and the business community. Partnerships with local businesses
are a natural, and in most cases, a required, part of every business education program. Your students work on
projects in which they learn by doing. They work in teams, refine their people skills, and establish business
contacts. In one "typical" day--although no day as a business educator is ever typical--you might:
Consult with students who are designing, creating, and publishing menus for a local restaurant, and with
others who are creating and maintaining Web sites for community nonprofit organizations and arts
Work with a bank as you guide students through all aspects of applying for a loan.
Coach students who are presenting a workshop at a local conference on employment practices.
Observe students at work sites where you have placed them in cooperative education programs.
Advise students who are writing a business plan for a neighborhood fitness center and those who are
developing marketing materials for the neighborhood jeweler.
Manage any of a dozen different individual study or extracurricular projects, such as launching a new
magazine about sports activities at your high school, designing business cards for school faculty, or
organizing the publicity and photographs that will be used to create a brochure for your school's soccer
The Bigger Picture
Just like any career, business education has its benefits:
You work with students who are enthusiastic and motivated, managing their internships,
apprenticeships, cooperative work programs, job shadowing initiatives, and service learning
activities--but you may put in longer hours to complete everything on your "to-do" list.
You teach skills that students want to learn, but it can be stressful trying to be available for everyone
who needs your help--especially if they all need you at once!
You may work with the latest and greatest technology--but machines can also break down when you
most need them (for example, when your students are printing their final exams).
You are more highly paid than some workers, and less well compensated than others.
You may have to meet the needs of students with widely different ability levels, and you may not cover
all the content you intended to.
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The U.S. Labor Department says business, health, and
education services will account for 70% of growth in the
service industry in the next 10 years. By 2018, the number
of jobs in education is projected to increase by 2.3%.
Most of the new jobs will be for teachers, and employment
of secondary school teachers is expected to grow faster
than average. In the business education field specifically,
half of all business educators teaching today are expected
to retire in the next decade.
Need for Business Educators. The business world is
calling for a renaissance worker: Someone with the smarts
to solve problems rationally and effectively, whether on a
local or national level; the literacy and flexibility to
successfully deal with ever-changing technology; and the
creativity and leadership to help companies compete in the
world economy.
Business relies on business education teachers to help train this kind of worker. Business educators understand
what is important to the business community and which skills are essential for success on the job. Because they
have real-world experience and regular contact with local employers, business educators are in a perfect
position to transfer knowledge of these skills to students and help them become competent and successful.
Business educators are also needed to teach the courses that
help students succeed in their personal lives. Students learn
how to understand and make intelligent decisions about their
own finances. As active participants in civic life, business
students can contribute this knowledge of economics to the
communities and organizations important to them.
Salaries. The American Federation of Teachers reported
beginning teachers earn an average salary of $33,227. Median
annual salaries for all teachers range from $47,100 to $51,180,
with the top 10 percent of teachers earning $75,190 to
$80,970 (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 edition).
Of course, salaries vary by state and school district. The longer
you teach and the more education you have, the more you are
paid. Taking on additional responsibilities, such as advising
student groups and extracurricular activities or serving as a
department chair, can also increase your salary.
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Effective business educators come in all shapes and sizes and from all kinds of backgrounds. Yet they share
certain traits that help them succeed in the specific work they do.
For instance, business educators teach, coach, motivate, and inspire. Many classrooms are becoming less
structured, more relaxed, as students and teachers work to discuss and solve problems together. Business
education, with its emphasis on real-time learning and real-world relevance, can be a great opportunity for
someone who:
Cares about helping young people make career choices.
Is passionate about working with students and with business professionals to make learning more
Likes finding creative ways to teach students what they want and need to know.
Has lots of energy and patience.
Likes reading and learning about business topics.
Wants to teach others what she or he has learned.
Something back to the school or community.
Has or could develop strong technology skills.
Is a risk taker who thrives on trying new things.
Can do, and enjoys, multitasking.
Is organized, committed, and focused, and does not want to sit at a desk all day.
Sees oneself as a person who invents possibilities and wants to be part of a dynamic, ever-changing
Values variety and a career that offers multiple job options.
Wants to join a professional learning community that strives for excellence.
Next Steps
Imagining yourself as a business educator is the first step to becoming one. But where do you go from there?
If you are in high school, visit your business teacher or your guidance counselor and say that you are interested
in pursuing a career in business education. Ask for advice about the best courses for you. Seek job opportunities
that will give you practical business experience. If your school participates in Future Business Leaders of America
(FBLA) or Business Professionals of America (BPA), join. Finally, begin learning about which colleges or
universities offer accredited business education programs.
If you are in college, seek out a professor of business education and make your intention known. If your school
does not have a business teacher education department, contact the National Business Education Association
() to find out more about what you can do and where you can go to get the credentials that will
allow you to become a business educator.
On the practical side, you may qualify for federal financial aid loans and grants, state government loans, college
and university-funded aid, or privately funded aid programs to finance your education. If you enter the teaching
profession, some states offer "forgivable" loans, depending on where and what you teach after you graduate.
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