In my opinion, teachers have one of the best careers in the world. Not only do they get to continuosly talk about their passion, but they get to have a major influence on the minds of those in their classroom. Teachers can have a huge impact on someone’s life. They can even be the reason a student decides to pursue a certain career in life or an advisor in major life decisions. It also doesn’t hurt that unlike most jobs, teachers get a summer vacation. With all these responsibilities, it’s easy to see why so much schooling and work goes into becoming a teacher.
Anyone who wants to be a teacher has to be prepared for a lot of schooling. Most education students end up staying passed the four years of college because of the amount of classes involved in the Education program. Along with these classes, future teachers have to sign up for preclinicals at schools in their subject area and eventually student teach. A number of state tests must also be performed before graduation. This can all seem overwhelming, but the great thing about the Education field is the immense amount of hands-on work you get to do in the field to make sure your prepared to apply for a teaching job.
As a freshman interested in education, I was a little scared by the amount of things I had to accomplish to become a teacher. There was no way for me to get around it. Being a Biology and Secondary Education minor involves A LOT of school work. Luckily, I recieve two advisors: one for Biology and one for Secondary Education. It’s important to listen to BOTH of these advisors in order to take the right amount of classes at the right times so you can graduate with everything you need. It’s important to realize that certain subject areas are in more demand for teachers than others. For example, in high schools, there is more of a need for Science teachers than anything else, but specifically Chemistry and Physics teachers. This is why I might consider minoring in Chemistry in order to get a job. It’s important to be flexible and be able to teach multiple subjects. This makes you much more likely to get hired when you’re out of school.
The education path is not an easy one, but if you truly know you want to be a teacher, all the work you put in will pay off in the end.