Qualifications of Becoming A Teacher

What are the qualifications of becoming a teacher?

When thinking about becoming a teacher there are some big decisions to make.

Can you live on a teacher's salary?

Do you have enough money to get through 4 years of college?

Why do you think you want to teach?

Whew.

I know, it's a lot to think about. But - if you don't ask the hard questions, you might end up in a situation you wouldn't like.

I earned a degree in Elementary Education and have had my dream job for over 17 years. But, I knew what I was getting into. I took the time to prepare while I was in high school and college.

On these pages we will look at qualifications of becoming a teacher and other related topics. Hopefully we will answer your questions and give you some things to think about.

Questions to Think About

Some things to think about...

Do you have high expectations for yourself and the students around you?

Do you like kids - all the time?

Can you communicate with parents?

Are you comfortable talking to peers?

Are you patient? Do you have the ability to remain calm in the storm?

Are you able to laugh at yourself and with children?

Do you like to explain and discuss things in great detail?

Do you have "withitness"? Can you assess situations quickly and fairly?

Do you have great organizational skills?

Are you passionate about curriculum?

Do you KNOW you want to teach? WHY?

Before you do anything else, really sit down and think about these questions. They will help you decide what to do next.


So, You KNOW You're Going to be a Teacher

You've made the decision to teach. Now you have to get enrolled in a teacher education program. What are the qualifications of becoming a teacher? Well, each school is different, so you will have to contact them. Each state has their own requirements too.

Some things to remember while you're in college:

- Develop a plan to get that dream job

- Gain experience through volunteering with children

- Read professional books to gain knowledge

- use teaching websites to gain ideas

- Observe in classrooms whenever possible

- Experience, experience, experience

The more you know about teaching going in, the better off you will be once you're in the classroom.

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