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What are some options for someone who might drop out of college and who would like to become a teacher?

Asking on behalf of a friend who might need to take some time off due to mental health challenges <3

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Simeon’s Answer

I would recommend attempting tutoring first to get a taste for if teaching is what you would like to do. I know many teachers who are looking to get out of the field as quickly as they can because it stresses them out too much. I'd recommend finding a setting you could get a little bit of exposure to the stress of teaching, maybe even doing an observation if you know someone who is a teacher.
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Ceil’s Answer

Take your time - you have more of it than you know. Yes, you will need the degree in order to teach, and if it takes an extra few years while you focus on mental health, in the big scheme of your life that won't matter. Use the time to explore your career dreams.

Ceil recommends the following next steps:

Take the time off. Don't delay.
Volunteer or take a low-paying job in an environment like the one you want to teach in.
Be honest with yourself about how well it suits you.
Repeat Step 2 as often as you need till you find the right place
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Carrie’s Answer

Your friend might be able to be a substitute teacher if they have enough hours required in their area. However, if they want to teach full time, they will need to finish their degree.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Abby:

Thank you for your question. I agree with Carrie's response that your friend might be able to become a substitute teacher if they have enough required hours in their area; and to teach full-time you'll need to complete your degree. My daughter is a High School Math Teacher and got years of hands on experience (while in high school) at our church were she started out as a Teacher Assistant. Serving in this role helped her in dealing with a large number of students, displayed her leadership skills, her ability to command an audience and keep her students focused. One summer she participated on a mission trip to City of Children, Ensenada, Mexico where she was able to teach there as well. Since you didn't specify if your friend want to teach Kindergarten, Elementary, Junior or High School, here's some information for your research.

KINDERGARTEN/ELEMENTARY
Public kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Private schools typically have the same requirement. Some states also require public kindergarten and elementary school teachers to major in a content area, such as math or science.

Those with a bachelor’s degree in another subject can still become elementary education teachers. They must complete a teacher education program to obtain certification to teach. Requirements vary by state.

HIGH SCHOOL
All states require public high school teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many states require high school teachers to have majored in a subject area, such as science or history.

High school teachers typically enroll in their college’s teacher education program, which instructs them on presenting information to students of different abilities and background. Programs typically include a student-teaching program, in which prospective teachers work with a mentor teacher and get experience instructing students in a classroom.

Best of luck to you and your friend.

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

High School Teacher • (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm#tab-4)
Kindergarten & Elementary Teacher • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm
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Reeju’s Answer

In India for teaching career you need to clear minimum 12th (10+2) standard.
There are various courses which candidate you can opt for like:

1. Pre-Primary School Teacher: They deal with children of 3 to 5 years.
You can go for Nursery Teachers Training (NTT) for 1 year or Diploma in Early Childhood Education (D.E.C.Ed.) . Institutes which give NTT in India are Indira Gandhi Institute of Advanced Education (New Delhi), INDOSS Polytechnic for Women (Delhi), Mahatma Gandhi College of Education, (Delhi), Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute of Vocational Studies (Chandigarh) etc.

2. Primary School Teacher: They deal with children of 6 to 12 years.
You can pursue any one of the courses mentioned – Elementary Teacher Education (ETE) for 2 years, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed) for 4 years or Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) for 2 years. Institutes which give provide these courses are District Institute of Education and Training (Meghalaya), District Institute of Education Training (Bhopal), Ramakrishna Teacher Training Institute (New Delhi), etc..,





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