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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)

I'm asking this question because I want to apply to both schools when the time comes but i've hear good things about both schools. teacher teaching college

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John’s Answer

Laura you know costs are an important factor in any decision to invest in a college education. I want to help you to make an informed choice.


+ On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,000 per academic year

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The real opportunity for success lies within you Laura and not in the university.

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Joe’s Answer

First, congratulations on persuing a career in education. Its not an easy choice but can allow you to really make a difference in a childs life.

My two cents is consider the job prospects in the area post graduation. A quick google search found a listing on 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.
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Kirby’s Answer

Hi Laura, I'm not sure which school would be better to attend based on their majors in Education, but in terms of the schools in general, you should consider several options in deciding between the two. First, cost plays an important rule in which school you attend. It is important to consider tuition costs along with room and board, travel costs and costs of living. Next, I would consider the overall education provided by either school and not just major-specific details. I picked the college I went to versus others because I knew that if I changed my major, the university would offer a quality education and job opportunities in other areas. I knew I was getting "more bang for the buck" if you will. Next, I would look at the culture of each university and make sure it matches with you values. This can greatly affect the experience you have for the next four years. Experience is a huge part of college and going to a school whose culture doesn't align with yours can greatly affect that. So, in general, consider costs, overall education and culture of either university to decide which is best for you. And do some research!
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Morgan’s Answer

Dear Laura,
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.
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Cheryl’s Answer

This depends on where you want to teach. The university will issue you a teaching certificate upon graduation for the state where you attended college. You will apply for jobs in PA if you go to Penn State. You will apply for jobs in Fl if you go to Florida State. I would also find out which states need teachers and if they take care of and value educators.