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What steps should I take to help me become a teacher in the future?

I love to work with others and help people out. I am a very hard worker and enjoy spending time with kids. I’m very committed as well. #Teaching

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Katherine’s Answer

See what you would have to do to become certified or licensed in whichever state or states or countries you hope you might teach in, because every place has different requirements.

See what kinds of teaching you could do without being licensed or certified (I'm a private music teacher, and I don't have certifications, though I did get a college degree, but maybe I didn't need to...just to teach, I only needed to be able to play music, which I studied my whole childhood. It's an unregulated industry).

See about becoming a tutor at a tutoring center to see what you think of working with people and teaching concepts and skills. See about becoming a community literacy tutor (maybe through your library?).

Listen to The Great Courses or free college lectures from lots of places online or through your library, to hear how various people teach, and you can decide who you like and you'll probably find yourself starting to copy them over time, or listen to or watch people who do public speaking or teaching, like pastors or ministers, or motivational speakers.

See about being a teacher's aide or something similar at your school now, or find someone who is a TA (teaching assistant) or a professor at a college or a community college, and see what they have to say about their job.

Look for church or religious groups that focus on teaching or have teaching courses.

Learn some new subject yourself, or more than one, that you haven't known anything about before--music, art, photography, a new language, calculus, coding, Lego building, etc., so you can pay attention to what your teacher does in what order to teach, and look at whatever books or videos or instructions are recommended and how they're written or put together, so you can notice patterns that are used often to teach those things.

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Steve’s Answer

Some suggestions to consider...
- Interview a teacher or teachers in the subject matter and grade level of interest
- Ask to "shadow" a teacher
- Register to serve as a substitute for the division of interest (i.e. Elementary, Grs. K-5; Middle, Grs 6-8; or High, Grs 9-12) and type of school (i.e. public, private, independent, parochial, etc.)
- Research if the school of interest requires a teaching certificate. In some schools, independent (or private) schools do not require a teacher to be certified; however, they may require an advanced degree in the area of interest. A school with a religious affiliation may have requirements associated with the denomination of the church or it's governing body.

These are great starters that don't require much but your time and the help of someone already in the profession.
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Vijayalakshmi’s Answer

Teaching is an excellent profession--fulfilling and rewarding!! A college degree along with a professional degree in education will be the initial step. You need to decide if you wan to teach the lower grades or the higher grades, in case you wish to go in for teaching at the university level a research paper or a higher qualification is required. Teaching is a career that requires life long learning so the right attitude would be to be a facilitator rather than a mere imparter of knowledge. Today's world requires that teachers should be tech-savvy , there are many tools available online that help making teaching-learning an enriching experience.

Vijayalakshmi recommends the following next steps:

Do a college degree
A professional degree in education is also required
Technical knowledge of teaching tools is also needed
Select the best teaching institute available within your budget.
Gain adequate subject knowledge.
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