How to Become a Teacher
Honestly, it is highly rewarding becoming a teacher. Sounds like a cliché these days because the perception is that being a teacher means lowly pay and no fame in the real world. The truth is becoming a teacher is not only satisfying, but lucrative. Education jobs often come with moderate to high pay, excellent benefits packages, and a relatively secure retirement in comparison to most jobs. Teaching jobs are very secure, and currently there is a teacher shortage in most states. This means if you have been considering teaching, now is the perfect time to get into teaching. Here is what you will need to know how to become a teacher:
Earn your Degree
If you teach high school, middle, or elementary in a public education setting, most states require you earn a bachelors degree. Your degree should be in an associated field, such as education, sociology, psychology; or, in a content area such as math, chemistry, or physics. Its a great idea of pay for college out of pocket instead of taking out an educational loan. However, if you are like most of us, an educational loan, scholarships, and grants may be your own route. In the long run, it will pay off. With that in mind, the higher your grade point average (G.P.A), the better. Next you will need to pass entry level state certification and show competency in your content area so that you can get into teaching.
Pass Competency Exams
After completing your bachelor degree, many states require that you pass a state competency test related to education. Usually, these tests are not that challenging, but can be tricky. They often assess you on the little facts that you rarely use in math, reading, and writing. Most on their way to becoming an teacher do some form of test prep, but it is normally not necessary. In addition to basic test such as this, you may have to take a content area test. Normally, these test your knowledge in the content area that you wish to teach, such as elementary, history, science, etc. There’s normally a minimum score that states require so that you can move on to the next step: The Credential! The most important thing to understand in learning how to become a teacher is that you are assessed as much as your students will be assessed.
Earn your Credential
The second to final step in becoming a teacher is earning your teaching credential. Some school districts offer free intern programs which you are employed by the district while you are earning the credential. Others go a more traditional route which you take course work at an accredited university, perform an internship at a school district, then are awarded a credential. Depending on circumstances, it is important you find a credential program that is a match to you so that you can get into teaching. Again, pay out of pocket is best, but there are plenty of educational loans out there. And what’s best, the field of education has some options for loan forgiveness. However, at this point you have learned how to become a teacher and are ready to teach, but let’s go find you that job!