Engineers have a range of skills that are suited to teaching mathematics, physics, and chemistry. Many have already found professional fulfilment and tangible rewards from a career in teaching.
In 2009/10, the majority of people who had studied engineering as a first degree pursued a career using their maths skills, followed by those that chose the physics route.
Graduates of engineering disciplines are currently under-represented in the school workforce. You may not realise it but as an engineering graduate, much of your knowledge and experience puts you in an excellent position to train as a teacher.
Visit our what subjects can engineers teach page for more information about how your skills translate into teaching.
Physics with mathematics pilot
There are a number of routes into teacher training, but a pilot postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) programme to start in September 2012, was launched in December 2011. It is designed so that engineers can specialise in teaching physics with maths, rather than general science.
The pilot is fully supported by both the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Charles Tracy, Head of Education pre-19 at the IOP, said:
“We’re delighted to see the introduction of this new pilot. We know that 25 per cent of physics graduates who go into teaching choose to teach maths. This new route gives those graduates and engineers an opportunity to follow both subjects and help correct the continuing shortage of physics teachers.”
Dominic Nolan of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Education Department said:
“Physics and mathematics sit side-by-side in academia and in industry so splitting the traditional three-science combination will help increase the number of talented engineers and physicists teaching the next generation. It is also an ideal way to get more engineers in the classroom to raise young people’s awareness of engineering and its impact on our lives.”
Excellent progression and support
Once you gain qualified teacher status (QTS) you’ll be prepared for a career in teaching and to put everything that you have learnt into practice. You will receive support from your school as you begin your exciting journey as a qualified teacher, and can expect:
As well as excellent development opportunities, teaching offers a competitive salary. Visit our teaching salary scales page for a detailed break-down of pay and the levels of progression that are available to teachers.
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