Postsecondary Communications Teachers

Education & Training > Teaching/Training

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Common job titles of Postsecondary Communications Teachers include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 70.85% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 17.38% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Wondering what Postsecondary Communications Teachers REALLY do throughout a day at work? Perhaps you should know what you’ll be doing all day before pursuing a career. So here are some tasks that Postsecondary Communications Teachers can be found doing during the work day. Hover over each task for information about relevance and importance. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that have similar tasks.

Essential Tasks

    Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

    Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as public speaking, media criticism, and oral traditions.

    Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.

    Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

Regular Tasks

    Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

    Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

    Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

    Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

    Direct theatre productions and projects.

    Participate in campus and community events.

    Act as advisers to student organizations.

    Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

    Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

    Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

    Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

    Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

Occasional Tasks

    Keep abreast of developments and technological advances in the communication field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

    Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

    Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

    Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

    Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

    Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

    Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

What Tools and Technologies do Postsecondary Communications Teachers use?

The future of work is gonna be… techy🤖. No matter the career path, you’ll have to understand what the experts use to get the job done. Employers want to see practical experience with these tools and technologies. Use these lists to figure out what tools you need to learn and see trends about up and coming tech. Scroll further to find a list of other careers that use similar tools.


Wireless microphones


Videoconferencing equipment

Video editing equipment

Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Television monitors

Tablet computers

All Tools

Studio microphones

Studio headphones

Studio camera control equipment

Student response systems

Stage lighting equipment

Sound effect generators

Projector screens

Poster printers

Photocopying equipment

Overhead data projectors

Opaque projectors

Multimedia projection equipment

Multi-line telephone systems

MP3 digital voice recorders

Microphone podiums

Liquid crystal display LCD televisions

Liquid crystal display LCD projectors

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Interactive whiteboards

Interactive whiteboard controllers

Headphone amplifiers

Handheld microphones

Digital video disk DVD players

Digital video cameras

Digital switchers

Digital recording instruments

Digital playback machines

Digital calculators

Desktop computers

Conference telephones

Computer projectors

Computer laser printers

Computer data input scanners

Compact disk CD players

Compact digital cameras

Channel frequency tuners

Carousel slide projectors

Broadcast mixing boards

Broadcast cameras

Audio speakers

Audio monitors

Audio mixers

Audio compressors


Adobe Systems Adobe Audition

Apple Final Cut Pro


Avid Technology Media Composer

Avid Technology Pro Tools


Blackboard Learn

All Technologies

Calendar and scheduling software

Collaborative editing software



Image scanning software

Learning management system LMS

Sakai CLE

Video editing software

Video production software



Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Everything Postsecondary Communications Teachers Should Know…

Postsecondary Communications Teachers typically have vast knowledge of the subjects below. Think about this a lot… if you’re not a fan of the subjects, chances are this career isn’t for you. But, there’s plenty of time to learn and continue to learn throughout your career 🎓


English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Philosophy and Theology

Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

History and Archeology

Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Fine Arts

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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