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If their was one thing that you could change about your career what would it be?

I want to become an elementary teacher. What is the best way to get there? I know that there are 2 year and 4-year education degrees. I have a passion for teaching and I love to teach young people what they need to know while they are young and I want to prepare them for their success. What steps will I have to take to become an elementary teacher?#elementary #primary-education #education

Thank you comment icon one thing I would changed about my career is to not give up on different positions when I first started. accepting change and what comes with it can sometimes be overwhelming, but if you accept that change helps you grow, you can keep pressing forward and reaching for different opportunities. valerie mitchell

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Vandana’s Answer

Hello Tariyaha,

Teaching is one of the noblest professions, and an elementary teacher may prepare young people for life long success.
I'm listing the 4 aspects one needs to develop to be a successful elementary teacher:
1. Knowledge
Theoretical knowledge and practical application capability of various learning theories and principles such as:
Principles of Pedagogy
4 stages of learning
Child psychology basics
ARCS Model of Motivational Design Theories
etc.

2. Skills
Good/legible handwriting
Student/audience engagement skills
Ability to simplify complex concepts
etc.

3. Attitude
Pleasant demeanor
Patience
Tolerance to cultural diversity
Empathy
etc.

4. Habits
Standing in front of a class full of students for long hours
Being punctual
etc.

The 2-4 year education degrees will take care of the knowledge element. For the rest, you might like to refer to the next steps listed below. Wish you the very best for all your endeavors!
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Raashid’s Answer

Technology can't replace the value of well-trained people who honestly care about doing a good job.

Thank you comment icon This is so true! I am a huge proponent for using technology to our advantage but particularly in education, well-trained people who care about teaching can not be replaced! GJ van der Werken
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Justin’s Answer

Hello,

Your desire to become a teacher and pass on knowledge and empower future learners is admirable. Depending on the state you reside in, you will have to take a series of exams. Prior to doing that, you will want to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Most Teacher Education programs will have you focus in a content area (Math, Science, Social Studies, English). You may also decide to double major in Elementary Education with a second major in one of those content areas or a content area that interests you. In order to complete your program, you will need to undergo Student Teaching, where you are paired with an Elementary Teacher and gain experience in front of a class, creating and delivering lessons and grading student content (exams, tests, projects). After completing student teaching or along the same time you are student teaching, you will take your State Certification Exams. Also, depending on your state, in order to get a permanent certificate, you may also need to go on and pursue a Master's Degree. Most Teachers pursue a master's in administration which will allow for the pursuit of becoming a Principal in the future.

I hope this helps and best of luck in your journey to educate others!
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