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Title: Chapter 2: Becoming a Teacher

Chapter 2 Becoming a Teacher
  • Teaching
  • By Sharleen L. Kato

  • After studying this chapter, you will be able to
  • Identify the steps to becoming a teacher.
  • Compare ways to gaining experience with children
    while in high school.
  • Research the requirements for admission to a
    teacher education program.
  • Develop a personal career goal.

Vocabulary To Know
  • Teaching academies
  • Teacher education programs
  • Grants
  • Job shadowing
  • Service-learning
  • Prerequisite course
  • Proficiency test
  • Student teaching
  • Cooperating teacher
  • Certified teacher
  • Reciprocal agreements
  • Teaching license
  • Career goal

  • What Are the Steps to Becoming a Teacher

  • Specific teacher preparation standards vary by
    state and by the level of teaching. The same
    general steps are involved across the country.
  • You will explore the teaching profession, gain
    helpful experience, and begin to build the skill
    you will need to be a successful teacher.

Step 1 High School Preparation
Maximize Your Educational Opportunities
  • Schools are offering students the opportunity to
    explore careers in teaching through special
    career exploration classes or programs.
  • Teaching academies are specialized programs
    within high schools that help students to explore
    the teaching profession through classes,
    observations, and hands-on experience.

  • Choose challenging high school courses, and
    commit to doing well.
  • Every course will give you insight into a new
    subject area. A strong academic record will make
    you a better candidate for the college or
    university of your choice and admittance into a
    teaching program.

Observe Your Teachers
  • Take the opportunity to observe your teachers.
  • Notice how they interact with students.
  • What are their particular teaching styles?
  • How do they adapt material for different levels
    or interests?
  • What are their class rules and procedures?
  • How do individual teachers earn the respect of
    their students?

Explore College Programs
  • Gather information about colleges and
    universities that offer teacher training.
  • Teacher education programs are universities/colleg
    e programs that prepare students to become

Applications for admission should be sent to
colleges in the FALL of your 12 grade year of
high school.
  • Talk to your guidance counselors, visit the
    college room, visit the schools when they are on
    campus, and research schools on the internet and
    talk to your teachers.
  • When you narrow your list of potential colleges,
    visit their web sites to learn about their
    entrance requirements and what courses you would
    take. Try to visit the colleges.

  • If you need financial assistance look into
  • Financial aid
  • Student loans
  • Scholarships (dont have to pay back)
  • Grants (dont have to pay back)

Gain Experience and Improve Your Skills
  • Gain as much experience working with children of
    various ages as you can.
  • This can help you have a better decision about
    whether teaching is an elementary or secondary
    school is good for you.
  • Colleges look favorably on applicants who have
    shown community involvement.

  • Job shadowing, following a person on the job for
    a few hours, a day, or even longer to experience
    what the persons career typically involves to
    gain valuable insight into the persons daily
    tasks, activities, and interactions with other.

  • Volunteering. Much of the work in communities is
    done by volunteers.
  • Opportunities include (after-school programs,
    tutor, cub girl scouts, brownies, Special
    Olympics and community recreation.
  • Help with a fundraiser, fair, car wash, etc.

Teachers are those who lead others in
learning. You may assist in planning, carrying
out, and evaluating activities. Volunteer
activities typically require creativity and
problem solving skills. Dedication to
volunteering strengthens your sense of commitment.
  • Service Learning, links classroom learning with
    hands-on experience in order to meet community
  • Service learning projects require analyzing
    needs, learning related information, planning a
    way to help, following through, and evaluating
    the experience.

  • Part time work. Is another way to gain
    experience with children while still in high
  • Opportunities included
  • child care centers
  • recreation programs
  • after-school programs

Step 2 College Preparation and Teacher Training
  • To teach in Kindergarten through high school, a
    bachelors degree is required.
  • Generally take 4 years to complete.
  • It is either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor
    of Science (BS), depending on your college major
    and the course requirements you have met.
  • Entrance requirements often include
  • v personal interview
  • v prerequisite courses
  • v minimum grade point average
  • v proficiency tests
  • Prerequisite course is one that must be completed
    before entering a program or prior to taking a
    higher-level course.

  • Education related courses help students with
  • Background knowledge of how schools work.
  • Teaching strategies.
  • Classroom management techniques.
  • Preparation for teaching all subjects for
  • Secondary teachers focus on a specific subject.

Step 3 Classroom Experience and Student Teaching
  • As part of course requirements for teacher
    education students, most classes require working
    with children and teens.
  • Students may observe, help a teacher, tutor
    students, teach a lesson, or be involved in some
    other capacity.
  • Teacher education students gain more experience,
    improve their skills, and see how they like
    various aspects of teaching.

  • Student teaching is a period during which a
    teacher education student practices and acquires
    teaching skill under the supervision of an
    experienced teacher.
  • Cooperating teacher is a classroom teacher who
    supervises and mentor a student teacher.
  • A professor at the college oversees the student
    teaching experience. All states require teacher
    education programs to include a student teaching

Step 4 Gaining Certification
  • Kindergarten through high school teachers must be
    certified in the state where they want to teach.

  • Certified teacher is one who has met the state
    requirements for teacher preparation.
  • Requirements include but is not limited to
  • v having a bachelors degree
  • v completing an approved teacher education
  • v any other state requirements

  • A certified teacher receives a teaching license
    or teaching certificate.
  • Through this official document, the state
    verifies for schools that the person is qualified
    to teach.
  • A teaching license specifies the grade levels,
    and sometimes subject areas, for which a teacher
    is qualified.

  • College and university teacher education program
    are usually keyed to the licensing requirements
    of their state.
  • States usually have reciprocal agreements with
    other states that allow teachers certified to
    teach in one state to teach in another state that
    is part of the agreement.

  • If your goal is to teach at the college level,
    you may need to complete a masters degree to
    teach at the community college level.
  • To teach at a four-year college or university, a
    doctoral degree may be required.

  • Getting Started

Set a Career Goal
  • Career goal is a clear, concise statement of what
    you want to become in life.
  • Your career goal forms the base for identifying
    interrelated goals that will help you achieve it.
  • Outline the steps you will take to complete each

  • Determine the specific things you will do to
    achieve each of these steps.
  • Consider possible roadblocks or challenges to
    meeting your goal.
  • Consider what can you do today, this week, this
    month, or this year to help you toward your goal.

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