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Taking A Career in Education

July 21,2010 by: Dallas Browne

Taking a career in education is not a bad choice to take, especially since this is the second largest industry in the world which accounts for more than 13.5 million jobs since 2008. This profession demands much from you, as you would not only be an educator but also a counsellor, disciplinarian, and guide for students. But for all its worth, having a career in education is a rewarding experience.

There is a demand of competent and well-trained teachers around the world, especially those who are specialized at their field such as math and the sciences. Here is a list of some of the many occupations you could take in the education career:

  • Preschool Teachers

     These teachers take care of children who have yet to enter kindergarten, providing their students with early childhood care and educating them with activities that help with the motor skills, language, social, and emotional development. They could teach children in groups, and sometimes in one-on-one private lessons.

  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

     These teachers teach one class of students at a time and introduce the students to the fields of language, mathematics, science, and social values. They often use a variety of activities such as games, artwork, and other things to help with the development of the student’s skills and knowledge.

  • Middle and Secondary School Teachers

      These teachers are more specialized than the previous examples, with their teaching styles for this age group of students focusing on delving more into the subjects in the school curriculum. And because their students are at that age when they need more guidance, these teachers also act as councillors at helping them in choosing careers and life.

  • Special Education Teachers

     These teachers work with students of different ages who have learning and physical disabilities that prevent them from entering traditional school. They use modified instructions of the traditional curriculum in order to accommodate their students, as well as help develop their student’s emotional and social skills for them to fit in society.

Requirements for teaching in schools and colleges vary from state to state, so it is best that you inquire at you state’s education agency at to what these licensing standards are. Usually, these requirements include a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field that you wish to teach, as well as the completion of a teacher training program. Additional requirements may include prior work experience, specific training in a particular field, and sometimes even certain values and attitude that the teaching institution requires of their teachers.

If you wish to take a career in education, you also need the right attitude for the job. You have to be patient and understanding of the needs of your students, as well as being strict enough to discipline them to take their lessons more seriously. Remember that, while teaching, you are addressing to a new generation that would all the help and guidance they could get for the good and advancement of society. So be sure that your students turn out alright before they get out of the classroom and out into the world.

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