Angela D.’s Answer
Greetings! This is an important question. First off, you may want to consider schools in Michigan first so that you don't pay out of state tuition. Next, depending on your grades and finances, you may want to complete your lower division work at a community college (2 years of general education such as English, history, math, science, etc.) which transfers to a four-year university/college. However, be careful of transferring credits as you need to take into account things such as reciprocity agreements and such (MTA - see below). Please see a school counselor for further information as well as consulting with the college/university that you want to get your teaching degree/certificate from.
The closest community colleges to you are in order: Mott Community College (transferable A.A. two-year degrees in Elementary Education, Physical Education, General Studies, etc.), St. Clair Community College (A.A. degrees), and Oakland Community College (AA. and A.S. degrees).
Now, moving forward to obtaining a teaching degree/certification. You may want to check the website out below...the caveat is that you need to do your own research as well and speak with your school counselors on a regular basis as mentioned earlier. You also need to decide on whether you want to teach at the elementary or secondary level. I recommend that you volunteer at local schools so you can see where you might fit best, with the caveat that schools/students can vary a great deal. Wishing you the best on your journey to teaching (a laudable profession having been one myself in K-12 and higher education as a professor)!!! Best, Dr. B
Angela D. recommends the following next steps:
- Online Research
- Meeting with School Counselors
- Fill out FAFSA for financial aid (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa) - priority deadlines vary by state, college, and federal but you can apply anytime
- Volunteer in local schools