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What does it take to become a teacher?

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November 30, 2013 3:22AM

If you are asking about the education and certification requirements, these vary according to the grade level, subject, and state or country. But roughly, a person must have a Bachelor's degree, possibly a Master's degree, and a proper teaching certificate in order to teach in a public school. There are various ways of attaining a teaching certificate: Generally, a person takes around 25 semester credit hours in teaching courses specific to the subject he or she will be teaching. (about a year of additional prep) Some of these courses are practicum classes, where the person observes or participates in classroom teaching under the supervision of a certified teacher and a university student teacher supervisor. In addition, a person needs to participate in about a semester of student teaching under supervision. Generally, there is also a portfolio requirement; the person needs to prove competence in teacher-related skills through various activities, classes, papers, meetings, and certain credits. There are alternative ways of acquiring a teaching certificate: experience in a scholarly field, combined with several ethics and teaching-related courses is allowed in some states in some fields where it is hard for school districts to find teachers in certain areas.

If you are asking about the personality requirements needed to become a teacher, that is a different story, and the answer is that you should want to be a teacher more than anything in the world; you should have a very profound desire to help people find their highest abilities; you should have the patience of a saint; and you should have a hilarious sense of humor, because you will need it.
To teach within the public school system in the United States at the pre-K through high school levels, you must have a bachelor's degree in a teacher education program from a regionally accredited college or university and state teacher certification. This would take approximately four years to complete as a full-time student, provided you take the program as prescribed by the college or university.

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