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What collage should I start off going to a 2 year or a 4 year to become a teacher? What collage do you recomend for becoming a teacher? How much training will I have to go through to become a teacher?

Hi my name is Cara I am in high school and I want to help kids learn who can't go to school for health reasons. I have also been interested in helping kids who need the extra help or a teacher ever since I was a little girl.# #teaching #education

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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Cara,

I also wanted to be a teacher since I was a child - I learned in high school about special education and that's what I majored in. In fact I had a double major: Special Education and Elementary Education. I had to take a few more classes and do two internships, but it was worth it!

I love that you want to help children who need the extra help. Excellent!!

You will need a 4 year degree to teach in a school. With a 2 year degree, you can work in a day care or pre-school. But if you want to teach in a school, you will need a 4 year degree. Sometimes, you will need to get a Master's degree for your job.

Here's a website that might help: https://mn.gov/pelsb/aspiring-educators/preparation-programs/approved-programs/

If you want more information about working with children who need extra help, you might read this document "Frequently Asked Questions about the Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) License": https://mn.gov/pelsb/assets/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions%20about%20the%20ABS%20License%2004.01.20%20POST_tcm1113-467232.pdf

Good luck,

Stephanie
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NANCY W’s Answer

I agree with Tom that you should begin at a community college. This will allow you a bit of a smoother transition into the environment and expectations of college life. Additionally, those first two years will cost less and you have possibility of an Associate's degree at the end. With many community colleges, strong professors from 4-year institutions teach the same courses at a local community college; so you can get high quality instruction at a much lower price. Also, check with the 4-years institutions you might want to attend; they may actually have articulation agreements with community colleges to accept your courses so that you don't have to wonder whether or not your credits will transfer.

I also agree with the advise to chose a University with a college of education. This specialization will be great for your preparation to be a teacher because of the focus on that industry. As an added piece of advice, speak with teachers you admire and ask how their preparation went and what they learned as they matriculated; this will help prepare your mindset for what lies ahead. It is critically important that you "get your mind right" before-hand; you must understand where the responsibility for your education lies and go forward with an expectation for success.

All the best to you, Stephanie!

NANCY W recommends the following next steps:

Research community colleges
Research articulation agreements with 4-year institutions
Research universities with schools of education
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Tom’s Answer

To save money on tuition, I would encourage you to go to a community college to earn your undergrad credits and then you could transfer to a state or private university for your upper division courses. Quite often, the curriculum and quality of teaching is really good at community colleges. As for what college to go to to earn your degree, I would encourage you to select a State University and you will probably have to not only get your bachelors, but also post-graduate courses that your Department of Education can outline for you. Best wishes.
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Linda’s Answer

I would recommend a college that is a college of education. This can set on course to take what you need and figure out what area if any you want to specialize in. It also takes out the guess work, I started my journey in Education K-9 at a private college. It was more expensive. If finances are an issue I would recommend to take basic and elective classes that will transfer. This will require you do do some research or ask your advisor if the classes generally transfer to other schools. A 4 yr degree is required. Depending on state regulation will determine what certificates are required if any. I hope this helps

Linda Tanner MHA
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