Becoming a Teacher: Everything You Need to Know
Careers can be tricky. We are expected to decide what we want to do from a relatively young age. While we start out learning a broad array of subjects at school, we are encouraged to specialise, cutting one subject out in favour of another to the point that we head to university and commit ourselves to one, distinct area of expertise. It’s not all too surprising that many of us end up in dead end jobs that we’re not genuinely all too interested in - we might have chosen a particular subject at school under the influence of friends, or we might have slacked on our education and not met the requirements for a higher education course that we would have been genuinely interested in. But not to worry. You don’t have to stick with your current position forevermore. There’s always opportunity for change and you really can start reevaluating your career choices right now! We’ve just stepped into a new year, so there really isn’t any better time to implement positive change in our lives and steer our progression in a direction that we are genuinely happy with.
Now, if you want a job that is stable, rewarding, and gives you the opportunity to positively influence future generations, you might want to consider teaching. Teaching allows you to endow all sorts of different people with knowledge, skills, and the tools to build their own success. You can also enjoy a workflow with variety, as no two sets of students are ever going to be the same. Different students can inspire you in different ways and make you reassess the way that you see the world! There are also other set perks to teaching, such as regular working hours with regular breaks throughout the day and extended annual leave during school breaks. If this all sounds good to you, here’s a little information that can help you to achieve your teaching goals!
Pursue an Education
If you’re going to teach kids, you need to make sure that you are well educated yourself. There is a general rule of thumb that you have to be more qualified and experienced than the people you are teaching - this makes sense! The minimum requirement for specialising in education tends to be a bachelor’s degree. This can be in almost any area - you don’t have to limit yourself to educational degrees, as you can receive teacher training once you have completed any degree. If you intend to teach a specific subject, take your degree in that subject. If you are going to want to teach people above college level education, you will have to pursue a PhD. This doctorate will entitle you to teach university students!
Decide Who You Want to Teach
The age group or ability group that you want to teach will determine what path you have to take to achieve the position you desire. It will also radically alter the type of work that you’re going to take on. If you want to teach elementary level children, you get involved with children’s development. You will help them with social skills as well as technical or specialist skills. You will also have a shorter journey to reaching this position, as you will only require a bachelor’s level of education and a relatively short course of teacher training. If you want to lecture at a university, on the other hand, you will generally be working with adults over the age of eighteen and conducting research alongside your teaching. You will have a longer journey ahead of you, as you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree, then pursue a master’s degree (one to two years), a PhD (three to four years), and take on research fellow positions until you land an actual tenure (this could take an undetermined period of time).
Come Up With Innovative Lesson Plans
Once you are qualified and placed in a teaching position, it’s time to start coming up with lesson plans that will suit your students’ needs. This can often be aggravating, as school’s budgets are constantly being cut and you may not be able to readily access materials or tools that you require to provide the level of education that you want to. If you find yourself in this situation, consider engaging with Teacher Funder. This is a site that allows parents and students to donate money to you, which can then be used to create the lessons that students will truly benefit from.
Constantly Working to Improve Yourself
As a teacher, there is always room for improvement. So never slack. Always work on bettering your technique or delivery. Constantly try to expand your knowledge. Do what it takes to provide your students with the best level of education that you could possibly provide them with.
As you can see, becoming a teacher is bound to be hard work. You have to really commit to the cause! So, mull things over and if you decide that this is the career for you, get the ball rolling and you’ll find yourself improving the minds of future generations before you know it!