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Secondary Math and Science Teaching

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Volunteers in math teach basic concepts, including remedial math, geometry, algebra, statistics, probability, and calculus. Volunteers in science teach general science, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Depending on your specific assignment, you might:

  • Collaborate with local teachers to develop teaching materials and improve teaching techniques
  • Integrate health and environmental education into the curriculum, and support other school and community activities, such as HIV/AIDS prevention and education

How do I qualify?

Education

Math: Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in math, computer science, or engineering;
OR a degree in any discipline with a minor in math (15 semester or 22 quarter hours);
OR a degree in secondary education with a concentration in math;
OR a degree in any discipline with certification in secondary math.

Science: Applicants can qualify with a bachelor's degree in general science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, or any physical or biological science;
OR a degree in secondary education with a concentration in any science;
OR a degree in any discipline with certification in secondary science;
OR a degree in any discipline with a minor (15 semester or 22 quarter hours) in biology, chemistry, or physics.

Experience

Applicants typically have at least three months of experience in tutoring or informal teaching with small groups. Classroom teaching experience is preferred. Other relevant experience includes community service, especially with youth; youth development work; camp counseling; health and HIV/AIDS; environmental education; and computer literacy.

How will this advance my career?

Through serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, you can gain fluency in a foreign language, international experience, and cross-cultural understanding, attributes that are highly sought-after assets in today's global economy. Experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in education is valued by numerous organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for National and Community Service, public and private school districts across the U.S., and many private companies and nongovernmental organizations seeking individuals with unique skills. Find out how returned Peace Corps Volunteers receive advantages in federal employment.

Also See: Volunteer Benefits

Last updated Jan 30 2014