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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 and high school librarians are included in this group.
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- 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 advise students on course selection and on vocational and personal matters
- May supervise student teachers.
Secondary school teachers may specialize in such areas as mathematics, English, French, special education or second language instruction. Secondary school teachers of vocational and trades subjects may specialize in areas such as hairdressing or auto mechanics.
Outlook & Prospects for Secondary School Teachers in Centre-du-Québec Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Centre-du-Québec region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
The level of employment is relatively high in this group. It is estimated that there are near 1,450 jobs in this occupational group in Centre-du-Québec. However, employment is expected to drop in this occupation between now and 2014. The number of teaching jobs is directly related to school enrolment, and the anticipated drop in the number of jobs for secondary school teachers is based on the dwindling student population. Despite this unfavourable demographic outlook, the willingness to reduce student-teacher ratios, and take into consideration the number of students with difficulties in the classroom, will help to maintain the level of employment in this occupation.
The unemployment rate in this occupation is very low. Openings will come mainly from the need to replace retiring workers. According to the 2006 Census, over 36% of secondary school teachers in the Centre-du-Québec region were aged 45 and over. The needs are greater in some areas of specialization. A smaller number of job openings will also be created through staff turnover. Some teachers leave their jobs after they are promoted, while others do so because of the lack of job security.
Temporary teaching licences and "tolerated hiring" requests are sometimes granted. The holders of these licences are generally more qualified: they must be in the fourth year of a university teacher-training program, or have a bachelor's degree in the subject matter they are teaching and be committed to completing their teacher's training. A "qualifying" Master of Education degree (French, mathematics and science) has been created to allow teachers who are not legally qualified to obtain their certificate. The University of Sherbrooke has offered this program online since 2007. It should be noted that a certain number of Quebec teachers go to Ontario for their training.
The latest survey conducted by the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in 2010 indicates that the majority of secondary school teaching students found work after completing this course of studies. However, in most cases, it is a temporary job. According to the 2006 Census, men are in the minority, accounting for just under 42% of jobs in this occupational group in the Centre-du-Québec region.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 27 – May 31, 2013
- Collège Ellis will invest $1.1M in the construction of a student residence in Drummondville (available in French only)
- Elementary school École C will be built at a cost of $7.2M in Drummondville's Saint-Charles-de-Drummond sector (available in French only)
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- The Commission scolaire des Bois-Francs is investing $8.3M in Victoriaville to build a vocation training centre specializing in the construction trades (available in French only)
Week of Dec 17 – Dec 21, 2012
- The Laforest Building at the Commission Scolaire des Chênes de Drummondville will be expanded thanks to an investment of $3.5M (available in French only)
- The École nationale de police du Québec in Nicolet will construct a new training facility estimated at $10.7M (available in French only)
Week of Jul 09 – Jul 13, 2012
- The Commission scolaire of Bois-Francs invests $14M to renovate and expand various schools for the 2013 school year (available in French only)
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