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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Lexi,

Teaching is a wonderful profession. There are some technical requirements to be teacher, especially with regards to education. I would also ask you to process this question - Why do you want to be a teacher? Teaching people of any age is a physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing profession. You need to have a passion for the subject that you are teaching as well as some knowledge about what you are teaching. Teaching is rewarding. You can give someone a skill that they can use to have a productive life. It is powerful. However, people learn differently. It can be challenging to reach everyone and have them be successful in the same way. That can be disappointing.

If I was with you, I would want to know about your natural talent. It would be good if you already teach and enjoy just sharing knowledge without getting paid for it. You have good language skills and you love to share your knowledge with others. I would also expect you to be someone who loves to learn. I am in Learning and Development at my company. One of the most important things for a learning professional is to stay up-to-date on what you do. Make sure that you stay aware of how learning and development changes. Also, it is critical for you to stay in space where you are always a beginner. Teachers who don't remember what it is to learn something new are often the worst teachers. There is a sense of empathy required to teach someone who doesn't know something how to do it. It means setting your ego aside, your need to show off, to defer to the student's needs over yours.

Good luck on your journey to find a career to invest yourself in.
Gloria
Thank you comment icon Hello, Thank for looking at my post. The reason I want to be a teacher is because I am in special ed so something like learning math, reading and other stuff won't come to me easy. And I was thinking how some kids are like me. I want to help them by becoming a teacher to help them. And again thank you for reading my post. Lexi
Thank you comment icon Lexi, you should like the teacher that children need. You know the struggle that they may have. That empathy is incredibly valuable. You will be a powerful teacher. Good luck. Gloria Ortiz
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Cameren’s Answer

So you want to become a teacher! I will post the basic steps to becoming a teacher below. All of my information is from howtobecome.org and I suggest looking there for any additional information or specific details.

1. The first step is gaining admission into and completing a four year accredited undergraduate program, this will allow you to earn Bachelor's degree.

2. The next step is to complete specific teacher training programs that include a combination of classroom work and field experience.

3. Next you will need to complete work experience through student teaching which can last from several weeks to a year.

4. Lastly, you will need to apply state licensure.

After all this is completed you will be a licensed teacher in your state. I hope this was helpful!
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alan’s Answer

Each state has specific requirements for obtaining a teacher certificate. Most colleges have a education major that prepares you for certification. Beyond that there are other, more personal ideas that help you prepare for teaching. In fifty years of teaching these are only some of the necessary skills I found to be important. Organization is an essential skill that enables you and students learn efficiently. Computer skills that enable students to learn in a 21st century environment. Knowing subject matter is fundamental. Artistic skills helps create a positive learning environment. Understanding the psychology of children is important. And most importantly is the ability to like kids. Good luck.
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Bryce’s Answer

Hi Lexi ,

Requirements for teaching are different from state to state. For example, some states only require your AA to get into the classroom as a substitute teacher, while others require a bachelor's degree. To get in the classroom full time as a teacher often requires a bachelor's degree plus passing of certification exams within the first couple years of teaching. There are some exceptions to this like in New York or New Jersey you need a master's degree.

Bryce recommends the following next steps:

Look up requirements for where you want to teach
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