How Can I Become a Typing Instructor?

Explore the career requirements for typing instructors. Get the facts about education and licensure requirements, salary, and potential job growth to determine if this is the right career for you. Schools offering Information Technology Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Typing Instructor?

Typing instructors can teach students from elementary school to college about proper typing on computers. Often, they utilize specialized software where students complete typing tasks or play games to improve their typing skills. Instructors also offer advice for students on how to improve their speed and accuracy. When teaching students at the high school or college level, instructors may emphasize the production of correctly formatted business documents and academic papers.

Find out about the education requirements, potential salary and job growth expectations by referencing the following chart.

Elementary School Typing Instructor_ _Secondary School Typing Instructor _Postsecondary Typing Instructor
_Degree Required Bachelor's degree Bachelor's degree Master's degree
_Education Field of Study Business education Business education Business education
_Training/Certification Required State-approved teacher certification for public school positions State-approved teacher certification for public school positions None
_Key Skills Good with children, clear communication, computer knowledge Clear communication, computer knowledge, personable Clear communication, computer knowledge, personable
_Job Growth (2014-2024)* 6% (for all elementary education teachers)6% (for all high school teachers) 4% (for all career and technical instructors)
_Average Salary (2015)* $57,730 (for all elementary education teachers)$58,170 (for all career and technical instructors in secondary schools) $92,220 (for all postsecondary business instructors)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Does a Typing Instructor Do?

As a typing or keyboarding instructor, you convey to students the proper usage of a computer keyboard, correct finger placement and how to improve typing skills. You may also teach students about using computers. Job duties may include administering typing tests, assigning students typing-skills projects and explaining the proper operation of word-processing programs.

You may teach in elementary, middle or high schools, colleges, universities or technical schools. You may teach a course that focuses on keyboarding or cover keyboarding as part of a larger program. In colleges, universities and technical schools, keyboarding training may be offered to students who are studying accounting, business, office management, computer science or medical office administration.

Degree Requirements

For college teaching positions, a bachelor's or master's degree in business education is often required for a position as a keyboarding instructor. Most states also require at least a bachelor's degree to qualify for the required teaching license. Employers may also require you to meet typing-speed requirements and have an understanding of common computer programs. Some employers may require certification in computer programs and teaching experience.

Licensure

To teach K-12 students in any state, you must have a teaching license. These are managed and issued by each state. In some states, you must have a special teaching license for keyboarding instruction.

For example, according to the Minnesota Office of Revisor of Statutes, to teach keyboarding to a K-12 class, you must hold a Minnesota teaching license, complete a training course and obtain a keyboarding teacher endorsement (www.revisor.mn.gov). But the requirements for keyboarding teacher's licensing are based upon the grade level at which you teach in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (dpi.wi.gov). To teach students under grade seven, you need a K-12 business education license or an elementary teacher's license, depending on how the course is taught. In grades above grade seven, you must have a teacher's license in business education or a specific license for teaching keyboarding.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

If you want to become a teacher, you could also get a job specializing in a different subject. For instance, at the high school level, you could teach a subject like history or English. To work in a public school, you would need to have a bachelor's degree and a teaching license. Alternatively, if you would prefer to teach a subject that has direct applications to a career, you could get a job as a technical educator specializing in hospitality and tourism, where you would instruct students in topics like lodging management and food preparation. Technical educators need to have at least a bachelor's degree, as well as relevant experience in the subject they teach.

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