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How to Become an Educator

First, you need to earn a college degree.

All educators must earn a college degree, whether you plan on teaching at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level. For teaching at the elementary level a college degree provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge and most degree majors are acceptable. If you want to teach a specific subject at the middle or secondary level, such as mathematics, science or a foreign language, you need to earn a college degree in that subject. With a college degree, you’re ready for the next step.


Next, you need to complete a teacher education program.

Once you have your college degree, you’re ready to enter a teacher education program. You know your subject and a teacher education program will provide you with specific teaching skills so you can be a successful teacher in the classroom. Teacher education programs can include courses on teaching methods, student evaluation methods, child development, and practice teaching opportunities. Teacher education programs are offered through colleges and universities, online programs, and sometimes school districts and counties.


Finally, you need to be licensed.

You’ve earned a college education, trained to be a teacher and all that is left is becoming licensed! Each state has specific requirements for becoming a licensed teacher in that state. Licensure usually consists of an application, verification of successful completion of education and training, a fee, and continuing education requirements.

Now you’re ready to get into a classroom and inspire the joy of learning in your students!


Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics,


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