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How many years does it take to become a teacher?

Greetings! I'm Ms. Brown at the International Community School. My 2nd graders have a few questions and I'd like to share your advice with them. Thanks in advance!


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Sue-Ann’s Answer

Most teaching degrees require a bachelor's degree, which usually take 4 years to obtain. Many universities and colleges offer bachelor’s degrees in education, including more specific programs such as early childhood education, if you want to become a preschool or elementary school teacher, for example. If you want to become a teacher in a specific subject, such as math, science, history, or art, then it’s a good idea to minor in the subject you’re passionate about. This way you’ll be very well equipped and qualified to teach your future students everything they need to know.

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Dana’s Answer

Becoming a teacher is a big responsibility! As a general statement it takes about four years of college to become a teacher!

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Gloria’s Answer


The time depends on the type of teacher that you want to be. You need to know a lot of information to help your students. Some teachers take a minimum of four years. Some teachers do not need a degree and can just teach something that they know really well, like being a dance teacher. But some teachers teach hard jobs like being a doctor. It can take 8 years or more to be a doctor. And then there are more years for a teacher of doctors.

The cool thing is almost everyone is already a teach. Think about when you teach your friend how to play a game and what the rules are. You are teaching something.