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Do you need to major in education to teach?

Or can you simply be considered with a BS/MS in a field to be an expert and thus, be qualified to teach? #college #teaching

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Stephanie’s Answer

Jackie,


For grades K - 12 you need a teaching certificate to teach any subject. It is a great idea to be an expert in one area, but you must have an education license or certificate to be a teacher.


If you choose community college, you could teach based on your expertise alone.


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Janice A.’s Answer

In the state of New Jersey you need to either major in education or take the alternate route. The alternate route is for those who have majored in something other than education and now wish to teach. You will teach and go to school in the evenings, Saturdays or during the summer to obtain your teaching certification. Only when there is a shortage of teachers, usually in urban districts, will you be offered this program.

Your best bet is to have a double major. One in your specific field of interest and the other in education. Investigate the areas in education where there is a teacher shortage and major in one of those fields. Otherwise, you will have difficulty in securing a position.

Janice A. recommends the following next steps:

Investigate colleges that offer majors in those shortage fields and find out which ones offer what you want as a major
Check out teacher shortages in districts where you want to teach
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