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Is it recommended to go to college and obtain a bachelor's degree or a master's degree when becoming an elementary school teacher?

I am a high school senior looking to perfect my pathway for the future. I am accepted into Cedarville University in southern Ohio, and I plan to to major in Early Childhood Education. After college, I plan to become a teacher for a grade level between kindergarten and 5th grade. elementary-education teacher cedarville bachelor'sdegree master'sdegree highschool-senior

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Yarek’s Answer

Becoming a teacher depends on the certification requirements in your state. Most require at least a bachelor's degree in a teacher preparation program (but many have a Master's too). The most important part is getting a teaching certificate, which is like a license to be a teacher in your state. That usually requires completing a teacher preparation program (usually college) from an accredited school, and completing a performance-based certification exam (like the edTPA) towards the end of your program. It's like a long project-based test to show that you know how to be a teacher.

Yarek recommends the following next steps:

Research teacher certification in your state
Identify possible colleges/teacher prep programs
Identify which certification exam you need to complete
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Leslie’s Answer

Teaching pays more if you have your Masters Degree, however you can be a teacher and /or teacher's assistant without the Master's Degree and earn a very rewarding career path and go to school while you work. Enjoy your career! Teaching is rewarding and good, hard work that matters.
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Jessica’s Answer

Hello Angie!

Great choice - I want to echo what both Yarek and Leslie said - teaching requires a certification and a bachelors degree. Many teachers do get their Masters degrees as well, because it increases their pay. In my experience, most teachers will begin working right after they get their Bachelors degree to get some experience under their belt. Then, after 1 or so many years, go back to school (part-time) to complete their Masters and move up in their pay grade. So consider that as you are deciding your education path!
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