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What educational preparation would you recommend for teaching?

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Angela (Angie)’s Answer

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First and foremost, make sure you choose a subject that you are passionate about teaching. Your education will include classes on both "how to teach" as well as the subject you're going to teach, like history/or social studies. To continue to grow your career, you will have to continue to gain new knowledge and experience in you subject matter (such as history) and maybe in other aspects of being an educator. You should also think about what age group you'd like to teach -- little kids? Tweens (middle school)? High School? Under Grads? Graduate students in college? The age of the folks you want to teach will also help guide you to the right educational resources/path.

Once you've thought about what age group you might want to teach, I'd suggest that you:
1.) Research the pay level of that type of teacher in the area of the country where you think you might want to live
2.) Research what level of education a teacher in the area of the country where you'd like to live needs to have
3.) Look for opportunities to teach now -- in your community -- so that you can start to get a feel for whether or not the teaching thing is really what you want to do
4.) Identify people that you/family/friends may know who are teachers that you might talk to who can give you a real view of what it's like teaching at the level you think you'd like to teach at
5.) If after all this, you still think you want to be a teacher, start looking at schools that offer the education required to teach the subject you want to teach in the area of the country you wish to teach and identify those that are most economical in cost, you like, and that will give your the educational credentials to get your teaching license -- be mindful that you're not going to make a huge sum of money being a teacher, it's more a labor of love and you want to manage your educational debt
6.) Dive in! Enjoy your educational experience, learn all that you can about your subject, the art of teaching, the psychology of what you're teaching, etc.

Good luck!
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Mike’s Answer

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I recommend starting out with searching for an associates or bachelors degree program for education. I would consult with a mentor or advisor at the school you attend or plan to attend and figure out what would be best for you. A different way to start would be to work at schools that do not require a degree which are usually day care centers or preschools where you can begin developing the skills needed to be successful as a teacher.

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