Post-secondary Social Work Teacher  What They Do

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Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary Career Video



Teaches courses in social work. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Initiates, facilitates, and moderates classroom discussions.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, or handouts.
  • Conducts research in a particular field of knowledge and publishes findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as family behavior, child and adolescent mental health, or social intervention evaluation.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Plans, evaluates, and revises curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Maintains regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Supervises undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Assistant Professor --
  • Associate Professor --
  • Bachelor of Social Work Program Coordinator (BSW Program Coordinator) --
  • Clinical Professor --
  • Instructor --
  • Lecturer --
  • Professor --
  • Social Work Instructor --
  • Social Work Lecturer --
  • Social Work Professor --