If I want to be a middle school English teacher, should I go to Penn State University or Florida State University? (if I get into both)
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK TUITION COSTS
• FOR PENNSYLVANIA STATE RESIDENTS: $18,500/$74,000 for IN-STATE RESIDENTS
• FOR NON-PENNSYLVANIA STATE RESIDENTS is $34,900/$136,000 for OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS
+ On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,000 per academic year
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• COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY – Average annual Cost $17,800
• VASSAR COLLEGE – Average annual Cost $21,300
• COLGATE UNIVERSITY – Average annual Cost $21,800
• HAMILTON COLLEGE – Average annual Cost $21,900
• CORNELL UNIVERSITY – Average annual Cost $28,700
ADVANTAGE OF ATTENDING COLLEGES CLOER TO HOME
• It's a huge money-saver – If you are able to live at home with your parents while attending college, there's no question that this can drastically minimize the overall price tag. Skipping the room and board costs alone can save you anywhere from $8,000 to $13,000 each year.
• More internship & networking prospects – Students who plan to stay near where they grew up will have networking opportunities in the local area thanks to part-time jobs, internships and other contacts made before or during college. These opportunities can help you make connections with professionals in your area, laying a solid foundation for the job search you'll launch after graduating.
• Easier in case of emergencies – Emergencies are unpredictable. Whether you or a loved one is suddenly struck with a health complication, you get in a car accident or your credit card information is stolen, it will almost certainly be less complicated if you're close to home.
The real opportunity for success lies within you Laura and not in the university.
My two cents is consider the job prospects in the area post graduation. A quick google search found a listing on teach.com that talks about what types pf teachers are needed in each state. Im sure theres better information elsewhere but this can give you a perspective if there is a lot of demand for teachers in a specific place. Ex FL had a shortage of math and English.
Post graduation, it can often be hard to land your first teaching job, especially if you are in strong union locations (like NYC). Being flexible on where your willing to live will help you find a great role (I think Hawaii pays teachers to move there). Where you go to school does not determine where you will live and work after graduation but it is often easiest to find work near where you go to school or your home town because you will already have connections.
So pick the school that you like the location of the most, and that will find you the best success.
I think Kirby gave a very good answer to your topic. What I would like to add is that what is equally important is seeking opportunities to gain experience in working with young people in an education setting. You may want to investigate both schools to see which one offers more hands-on student teaching experiences and connections to programs where you can work directly with students to get a feel for the weekly responsibilities of teaching. Although I did not study education as an undergraduate, I spent all of my summers during college working at sports and language camps where I was in charge of teaching young people. I was able to obtain valuable experience in working with young people, learning how to manage behavior, and practicing my instructional skills. As much as you probably have love and passion for literature and writing, teaching middle school will require significant attention to classroom management and learning how to keep students on task and engaged in order to accomplish learning objectives. You may want to ask at both universities what connections they have to summer teaching programs.
I hope that helps a bit. I think it is great that you want to work in a noble profession. It is quite rewarding but also a lot of work and effort.