Job description Secondary School Teacher in the Southern Region

Find out what work is like for a secondary school teacher in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Secondary school teachers (NOC 41220).

Secondary school teachers


Secondary school teachers prepare and teach academic, technical, vocational or specialized subjects at public and private secondary schools. Secondary school teachers who are heads of departments are included in this unit group.

Job duties

  • Prepare subject material for presentation to students according to an approved curriculum
  • Teach students using a systematic plan of lectures, discussions, audio-visual presentations, and laboratory, shop and field studies
  • Assign and correct homework
  • Prepare, administer and correct tests
  • Evaluate progress, determine individual needs of students and discuss results with parents and school officials
  • Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help
  • Participate in staff meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops
  • May teach and evaluate students through distance or online courses
  • May advise students on course selection and on vocational and personal matters
  • May supervise student teachers.

Job titles

  • English as a second language (ESL) high school teacher
  • English teacher - secondary school
  • French as a second language teacher - secondary school
  • adult education teacher - secondary school
  • biology teacher - secondary school
  • commerce teacher - secondary school
  • history teacher - secondary school
  • librarian-teacher - high school
  • remedial teacher - secondary school
  • secondary school department head
  • secondary school teacher
  • special education teacher - secondary school
  • supply high school teacher
  • trades instructor - secondary school
  • vocational teacher - secondary school

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