So you what to be a teacher. Do you get a bachelor’s degree in Education or your favourite subject? Getting an education degree does have its benefits.
In the U.S., the minimum requirement to get certified is to have a B.A. But, in addition to that, you will also need to pass standardized tests, have field experience, and have a great first year as a teacher while you are undergoing evaluation.
By getting a degree in English instead of English Education, for example, you will be able to spend a lot more time learning about your subject matter. You will learn more about the subject you will end up teaching and be able to pass on that valuable knowledge to your students.
By getting the education degree, you will not spend all your time learning about English (or another subject you may end up teaching) because you will spend time learning about teaching itself.
But teaching is easy right?
As humans we are great learners and teacher, but there are specific techniques you can learn which will help your student acquire and retain knowledge. Teaching is not just about the subject you are teaching but it is also about teaching itself.
Tricks of the Trade
By getting a education degree, your professors will have had actual teaching experience which they can use to pass on valuable information to help you in your career. What do you do when you get a classroom with a loadmouth? How do you deal with a bully picking on another student?
Having the answer to these questions and knowing how to deal with these situations will definitely help during your first few years of teaching.
Passing the Bar
Sometimes you will be able to skip the certification exams in your state by having an education degree. If that is not the case, at least you will be better equipt to pass the exam without needing to do excessive studying on your own.
Many schools offer job placement programs both for your student teaching job, while you are still in school (to gain experience), and your post-graduation job. Job placement is a great way to save some time job hunting, though you will likely want to do a little of that on your own as well to make sure you get the best fit.
Are you in an education program? Share your tips in the comments below.