Good anatomy and physiology -- A&P -- teachers have a fascination with the human physical makeup and physiological systems and get fulfillment sharing that information with others. Becoming a teacher of anatomy and physiology requires college education. The specific education beyond the four-year degree depends upon the age group you wish to work with.
Teaching at any level requires first obtaining a bachelor's degree. Students wishing to teach anatomy and physiology after graduation should choose an appropriate science major. Some schools offer a physiology or pre-physiology option. High school instructors typically teach more than just A&P, so other majors, such as general science or biology, work as well. High school teachers major in the subject area rather than in education. This focus allows future A&P instructors gain solid subject knowledge.
States require teachers to complete a credentialing program in addition to the bachelor's degree. Certification or licensing for the state may be included in the bachelor's program or a separate piece. For instance, Western Governor's University (WGU) offers a science teacher licensing program for those holding a bachelor's degree. Teacher preparation programs include coursework on foundations of education, educational methods and instructional planning, and they require practical observation and student teaching as required for each individual state.
If you want to teach anatomy and physiology at the post-secondary level rather than high school, you will need more advanced education. Some community colleges allow instructors to teach with a master's degree. Many medical or nursing programs offer master's programs in A&P, like Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan, which includes about 30 credits in classes teaching more in-depth information about the science. WSU also requires some classes from other disciplines.
Universities are the most likely institutions to offer multiple sections of anatomy and physiology classes, and teaching at a university usually requires a doctoral degree. A Ph.D. program may focus on other sciences since most professor positions require instructors to have a Ph.D. in biology, physiology, anatomy or other sciences. Such positions typically require academic expertise in these various sciences that relate to A&P as well as some experience teaching the course work since many professors teach classes in biology, immunology and genetics.
- California State University, Sacramento: FAQs for Future Teachers
- California State University: Why become a Science Teacher?
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Postsecondary Teachers
- University of Arizona: Physiology Undergraduate Major
- Western Governors University: Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program, Science (5-9 or 5-12)
- Wayne State University: Degree Requirements
- Philadelphia University: Assistant Professor Health Sciences; Anatomy and Physiology
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