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Is majoring in English, beneficial when one is looking to become an High-School English Teacher?

Throughout High-School, English has been my favorite subject. Recently, I have seriously started to consider becoming a Secondary Education Teacher. It seems only natural that English would be the subject I want to pursue. So, I was wondering if it would be beneficial to major in English, rather than Education. #teacher #major #english

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Lou’s Answer

I majored in English and also taught middle school ELA for two years. I found that my English degree was helpful in that it allowed me to really know how to break down and read a text with my students. However, I think to be a good teacher, there is some benefit to having an education background. If possible, try for both.

Thank you comment icon Thank you! Your response was really helpful :) Especially, because you can really relate! Alaina
Thank you comment icon Hi Alaina. Yes, majoring in English will be very beneficial to you. If you major in English, consider taking classes in Education, or taking a minor in Education. Or you can major in Education, with a minor in English. As Lou has suggested, exposing yourself to both fields of study will be very helpful to you. Finally, and most importantly, seek out places where you can get experience teaching, along with observations and practical feedback from experienced teachers. In my opinion, as a teacher for 15 years, this is the single most important factor to you becoming a great high school teacher. Stella Dubish
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Rachel’s Answer

Yes absolutely so the career-sector your would go in is Secondary English Teacher. Here is some helfpul info as well.


Teaching involves a number of different skills and qualities whether public/private/charter. I would say the most important are:


  1. People skills - being friendly and working well with others. You will need to be personable, caring, kind, friendly, compassionate, and understanding. These qualities make a great teacher. But you also need to be stern and firm in your directions, rules, and discipline
  2. Public speaking - every day in your class you will need to be able to speak and present information to your students, practice speech, and practice fluency of language and talking in front of others
  3. The subject you plan to teach - become a master of the subject you plan to teach, make sure you know as much as possible and learn as much as you can about the subject you plan to teach. Take as many classes as possible in this subject and learn everything you can about it.
  4. Psychology & Human Development - start reading books and research articles on human development and psych. It will be helpful for you to know how people learn at different stages and the best ways to teach them at these stages (depending on stage of development and schema).


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