Liberal Arts & Sciences
Education

Know a few teachers? If you’re like most people, you can probably count plenty of teachers among your family and friends. The reason is because education is among the most popular courses of study in higher education. More than 8 percent of students enrolled in Bachelor’s Degree programs are studying to become teachers, while nearly that same percentage are pursing an Associate’s Degree in education. Education students are typically attracted to the fact that no two days of teaching are the same, and they’re offered a long, often secure career.

Course of Study

While an Associate’s Degree may open a window into the education field, most people need a Bachelor’s Degree before they’re handed their own classroom. In addition, individuals must obtain a state-level teacher’s certificate in order to teach.

The first step for most education students is deciding at which level they eventually want to teach: elementary education (grade school), middle childhood (middle school), or secondary education (high school). Students may also dedicate their studies to special education, which involves teaching children with special needs, learning disabilities, or psychological issues. Those interested in teaching at the college level may obtain a degree in education, but they most often get a degree in their field of interest and then go on to earn Master’s and Doctorate degrees.

Regardless of which grade levels they’re interested in, all education students will take classes that relate directly to teaching techniques, as well as classes such as child psychology and the subject(s) they want to teach (history, English, computers). Students will also take part in an internship most often called “student teaching,” where they first observe in a classroom and then teach the class for a period of weeks to get first-hand classroom experience. Students can take their certification exam (which may vary by state) after completing their course work and student teaching.

To increase their knowledge and improve their income opportunities, many students go on to earn Master’s Degrees in education or a specialized subject related to education or administration.

Job Prospects

There are currently 2.4 million elementary and secondary education teachers in the U.S., and the job market looks good for others hoping to join them. The strongest expansion areas are in elementary education and post-secondary, with 15 to 16 percent anticipated growth in the next eight years. More good news for current and future teachers: There is also an indication that advancement opportunities for teachers will remain strong.

Schools That Offer This Program:
Strayer University
Trumbull Business College
Grantham University
Grantham University
Grantham University
Florida Career College
Florida Career College
The University of Southern California
New England Institute of Technology
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The Art Institutes
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Bryant & Stratton College
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Landsdale School of Business
Southern New Hampshire University
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