Educators have a dynamic opportunity to shape the lives of others for the future. From helping preschoolers learn their basic letters to working with high school students on advanced math, literature and chemistry, teachers have the ability to encourage students in their area of talent. Education is a career that requires a dedication to others as well as continual learning.
In order to become a teacher, professional educators must finish a rigorous course of classes. Basic undergraduate prerequisites, in addition to specific classes in educational philosophy and theory, classroom management techniques, daily lesson planning, and incorporating technology are all required to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree. In some specialized areas of the Education field, such as school counseling and management and administration, a Master's Degree is preferred.
Prior to graduation, education majors generally spend hundreds of hours in the classroom with an experienced educator as a student teacher observing and implementing the theoretical techniques they have learned. This classroom experience solidifies the learning of education majors and gives them practical hands-on experience in the teaching environment. Once the degree has been completed, passing a state certification exam is the final step before being considered for a position in most public school districts. Further specialization is also possible for teachers who are interested in dealing with developmentally disabled children, who have experience in more than one language, or who would like to assist after school by coaching a sports team.
Being a professional educator also requires a dedication to continual learning. Every single year, changes in educational best practices, theory, state requirements, and technology means that teachers have to spend time in the classroom themselves. Regardless of the extra education required, having a career as an professional teacher is one of the most rewarding options available, with the opportunity to invest into the lives of others.