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Share your love of learning as an education major


Friday, February 24, 2012
If your love of learning extends to sharing your knowledge with others, then perhaps you should consider education as your college major.

A bachelor’s degree in education will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach students of various ages and academic abilities in a variety of settings. During your college search, it helps if you know at what level you want to teach – pre-K through high school – and whether you are interested in general education, special education or a specific subject. Make sure the colleges you are interested in offer the type of teacher education you want to pursue.

In addition to in-class instruction, most education and teaching majors require you to participate in experiential learning activities including classroom observations or involvement with different educational organizations. You must also spend at least one semester student teaching in an actual classroom.

Upon the completion of your studies, you must earn a teaching license from your state’s board of education before you can work in public schools, according to Teach.gov. Each state has its own requirements, including the number of tests you must pass for certification and the length of time for which the certification is valid. As you near the completion of your degree, be sure to check with your academic advisor to be sure you have fulfilled all the licensing requirements.

Depending on your credentials, you will be qualified to teach at the early childhood, kindergarten, elementary, middle or secondary school levels, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, in order to become an educator in a college setting, you are typically required to hold at least a master’s degree.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800716065-ADNFCR

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