Saturday, 9 March 2019

Here’s a Guide to Beginning your Career as a Teacher

One of the noblest professions of all times is that of teaching as you are passing the torch to the upcoming generation. Becoming a teacher requires dedication, time and the ability of inspiring others. Ranging from preschool to university, teachers have the option of teaching at different levels. They can also choose to specialize in specific subjects or can also become generalists in various subjects. In addition, teachers also have the option of working with specific populations like adult literacy programs or with children who need special attention. The certification, degree, experience and licensing requirements for teaching can vary according to the position.

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Read on to know what exactly this decision entails:

Basic Education 

The minimum requirement for the teaching profession is a bachelor’s degree and the only exception is for preschool teachers where an associative degree is also acceptable. The minimum requirement for teaching in community colleges and other post-secondary teaching is a master’s degree and university positions and four-year colleges will require you to have a Ph.D.

If you want to become a preschool teacher, you can major in early childhood education or a field that’s related to this area whereas majoring in elementary education is the way to go for elementary school and kindergarten teachers. Majoring in elementary education or a content area such as science or math is the requirement for middle school teachers and high school teachers also have to major in a specific content area.

Learning How to Teach 

Whether you want to become a middle school, elementary, preschool or high school teacher, you have to receive basic instructions in the practice and methods of teaching, which includes subjects like pedagogy, general educational theory and child psychology. You can also opt for a specific content area as your major and the courses will vary according to the subject you have chosen to specialize in. Apart from your basic education, you may also have to complete a student internship where you will be working under the supervision and guidance of an experienced teacher. This will provide you with hands-on practice.

Certification and Licensing 

The practice of teaching is regulated by every state and the requirements for each state are different. However, in almost all states, you have to be licensed and certified in order to teach in public schools. It is not necessary for you to be licensed if you wish to become a private school teacher. A background check is usually performed before you get licensed. The requirements are different as some may ask for a minimum grade point average while others may have you sit for licensing exams.

Specialized Training 

Some specialized training may also have to be completed or you may have to get other certifications. For instance, if you will be working with children who have special needs, you may need to learn about disabilities. Technical and career education teachers have to have experience in the field they decide to teach in and a professional license may be required like for nursing instructors. 

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