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Where would I start to get into a college for an educational degree?

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Thomas’s Answer

I would first focus on your end goal: how do you plan to use your degree? Do you want to teach or be a school administrator? Then, look for a school that has a good reputation in the specialty. Focus on getting good grades and studying for entrance exams.
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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Anna,

I was a classroom teacher for many years so I'd love to say welcome to this field - it's tremendously rewarding!

Some research:

An interesting article (https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/how-to-become/teacher/) asks you these questions first:

Are you patient?
Do you have a passion for helping others?
Can you think outside the box?
Are you a conscientious and organized person?
Do you have good communication skills?

If you answered yes! then keep going. You might want to check out this website with information on teacher certification programs: https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/schools/

If you are interested in two areas - get a double major! I have a degree in both Elementary and Special Education. I eventually taught both.

Good luck in your journey

Stephanie
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Hassan’s Answer

I'd look for schools that have degree programs that will allow you to get your State Teacher certification at the same time you graduate. This may save you months of not a year to get your 1st teaching job.

You may also want to decide of you want to teach Primary school grades K-6 where most teachers teach all subjects or Secondary where teachers usually specialize like History, Physics, Chemistry etc. Based on that you'll want to pick a major that gives you the knowledge you'll need to be successful teaching at that grade level.
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Anna,

Do you know what you want to teach? What age do you want to teach? The older the people you are teaching, sometimes getting a degree in a specific subject can be a better way to go than getting a general degree in education. That would be true in areas where expertise can be a strength, such as math or the sciences. Teaching after that may require some additional classes, a degree, or a teaching certification. If you are flexible with the subject, then you can go with an education degree. Preparing for a degree in education is much like preparing to go into any degree problem. You have to determine what path you want to take. Do you want to go to a school well renowned for their Education program? Or is it enough that they just offer Education as a major? If you are flexible and want to save money, you could start with basic classes as a community college before moving to a four-year university.

Good luck with finding the right school for you.
Gloria
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