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To become a grade teacher what specific courses are you required to take in order to become a grade teacher?

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John’s Answer

Hi, Emily: that's great that you're thinking of becoming an elementary school teacher! That was my first job out of college and it was a great experience for me and the rest of my career. I went to a college that did not have a teacher training program, so I had to get my experience elsewhere. And, in order for me to be able to teach, I had to get a teacher certification to teach in public schools. Each state has a different set of courses you need to take to qualify for certification. Here is a link to a guide that will tell you what you need to do: https://www.teach.org/becoming-teacher/teaching-certification?gclid=CjwKCAjwzOqKBhAWEiwArQGwaLtSoq3yEmHs64hQx6XKGsLMHMcofCE-IgrOp7yaMaZOSCDUAAjoRBoCreMQAvD_BwE.

However, if you're absolutely sure you want to be a teacher, then, as Czarina said in her answer, you can find a school that will help you get certified to teach in almost every state. It's also just a good idea to learn from experts how to teach effectively and to get first-hand experience in the classroom by doing field work in schools. Also, to advance as a teacher, most schools require that you get an advanced degree; either a masters degree or a doctorate (EdD). But, you don't have to worry about that at this point. We need good teachers, so I encourage you to explore this interest further. Best of luck!!
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Czarina’s Answer

If you are an undergraduate student, there are colleges / universities that offer a teaching programs that will pretty much lay out all the classes you need to take to graduate with a degree in teaching, as well as help you with getting your credentials and teaching license. The program also has a practicum (student-teaching) portion where you will receive hands-on training in a classroom setting. If you decide to become a middle school or high school teacher, you will need to take classes specific to the subject you want to teach. If you want to be an elementary school teacher, you will take classes on the pedagogy of every subject (how to teach reading, math, science, social studies). You will still need to take your general education classes as well.

If you are a graduate student, you can also find colleges / universities that offer teaching programs and the process is similar. I went to a graduate program for my teaching degree and my university not only gave me a list of classes, but also a schedule of when I will take each of them. Some teaching programs automatically enroll you in the classes each semester or quarter. In my specific program, I took classes on the pedagogy of every subject, special education law, disabilities, and urban education, just to give you an example.

Regardless of the path you take, you can always schedule a meeting with a program advisor to help make sure that you are taking the necessary classes you need for the path you want to take. Good luck!
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Kikanza’s Answer

Hello Emily. You have gotten some very good advice so far. I would add that you take as many courses as you can in teaching and what is called "methods" courses. These classes teach you how to teach particular topics. Teaching is very rewarding and with a sound background in curriculum, methods of teaching, and your subject matter, you can take that preparation in many directions.

I started as an elementary school teacher; then I taught reading to secondary school students. I have also taught undergrad and graduate students. For most of my career I have taught adults who have jobs, at their place of employment. This is called corporate training.

Being a teacher is wonderfully rewarding and there are many opportunities to use those skills, in and out of elementary school.
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