Teaching the principles of computers to students of different ages and at different levels is the job description of a computer teacher. They may work in elementary, middle school, high school or college classrooms or even in large companies that have ongoing training programs.
A computer teacher is a vocational educator in the field of computer science and related technological areas who coaches and teaches students in the fundamentals of computer software and hardware.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Computer Teacher
•Creates lesson plans that are appropriate for the age and abilities of the students in the class.
•Evaluates student performances in class and on tests and provides feedback.
•Assigns special projects to students.
•Communicates students’ progress to parents, particularly regarding students who need tutoring or other extra assistance.
•Provides appropriate resources and learning materials for students.
•Identifies varying teaching methods that work best for students who learn differently.
•Develops and updates curriculum for the classroom.
•Encourages creativity in students.
•Maintains computer laboratories and keeps an inventory of supplies.
•Ensures that computer equipment is functioning properly.
•Maintains accurate records of students’ progress in class and on examinations.
•Keeps order in the classroom and handles student behavior issues in accordance with school system policies.
•Maintains an orderly classroom stocked with appropriate supplies.
•Stays up-to-date on changes and advancements in computer technology taught in the classroom.
•Petitions administrators for updated hardware and software for the classroom.
•Runs the classroom within the allocated budget.
•Keeps all classroom work backed up.
•Ensures that the internet in the classroom is used only for appropriate educational purposes.
•Posts grades and sends grade reports to parents as required by the school system.
•Teaches remote or online classes to adult students who cannot take part in daytime classes.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•Must have exceptional computer skills.
•Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•Must have knowledge of a wide range of computer technologies.
•Must have excellent trouble shooting skills.
•Have superior dexterity for keyboarding and operating a mouse.
•Must have excellent critical thinking and analytical skills.
•Must have strong organizational and time management skills.
•Must have good social networking skills.
•Must have understanding of computer monitors, central processing units, operating systems, hard drives and file storage.
•Must have strong public speaking skills.
•Must be detail oriented and mechanically inclined.
Education and Experience
•Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field.
•Licensing required in the state of employment.
•Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a similar field.
•Continuing education courses for keeping up with technological advancements.
•Certification through the Computer Science Teachers Association or CSTA.
•Time is spent working with students in a climate controlled classroom or laboratory setting.
•Must be willing to teach night classes when necessary.
•Time off in the summer is typical for public school teachers in the computer field.
•Time is spent looking at a computer screen, keyboarding and manipulating a mouse.
•Salaries range from $40,000 to $65,000 depending on level of education, years of experience and specific employer.