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Although dredging to my neighborhood bus stop early in the morning with my Ninja Turtles lunchbox in tow used to be a real drag, I can look back confidently and know it was worth it. Not because of the pranks I learned to pull, like placing fruit in the road so the bus would crush it, but because it led me to school, where I learned almost everything that has helped me lead the happy life I live today. The most important people in my learning process were the teachers in my schools, who provided students with instruction and guidance, as we delved into new subjects and covered the classics.
A teacher provides education for students in a formal ongoing process often carried out at a school. Teachers facilitate student learning by creating lessons plans that line up with a curriculum (a course of study). Teachers may provide instruction in a number of areas including literacy and numeracy, craftsmanship or vocational training, the arts, religion, civics, music, or life skills.
Our schools employ more than 3.7 million teachers, and that number is projected to increase 13% over the next decade. That’s nearly half a million new teaching jobs. Not only are shifts in our country’s demographics forcing schools to hire more teachers, but the federal government has committed to making a significant investment in preparing thousands of new teachers.
A typical day for a teacher may vary more than you’d expect, but these are some things that will most likely occupy your time:
On average teachers make between $25,000-$63,000 per year, and teachers just starting out earn about $34,000 in their first year. It may take a few years for a teacher to build up the experience required to move very far beyond that starting salary. But for a teacher with five or more years of experience, salary begins a fairly steady increase. Salary also varies by the type of teaching job you desire:
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We can all remember the qualities that we valued most in our favorite teachers. A multitude of intangibles separate great teachers from good teachers and good teachers from not so good teachers. However, there are certain requirements that all teachers must meet just to be able to work in a public school.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “All 50 States and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed.” Licensing requirements vary from state to state (there is no national teacher certification), but they’re generally similar in that they require a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree along with a certain level of education specific coursework. Here’s a more expansive explanation of how a teaching certification works from CertificationMap.com:
A teacher certification determines your eligibility to teach specific grade levels and subjects. You generally receive a teacher certification for a specific grade level and subject, and then have the opportunity to add credentials by taking and passing the appropriate examinations. For example, if you received your teacher certification to teach math at the fifth grade level, you could then receive additional credentials to teach math at the fourth or sixth grade level, or to teach another subject at the fifth grade level.
While most entry level teaching jobs don’t require a Master’s Degree in Education to teach, having such a degree can be an enormous benefit for those who want to accelerate their careers. For instance, teachers with Master’s Degrees:
If teaching still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.
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