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Q: What courses of schooling must you complete to become a teacher? - 8th Grade Student
The best course of study for becoming a teacher is to try lots of
different things. While you are in high school try as many different
kinds of courses as you can so you can figure out if you want to
teach lots of different things as an elementary school teacher
usually does or if you want to specialize in one subject as most
middle and high school teachers do. To be a teacher you have to have
a college degree and get certified by the state where you will be
teaching. To get that certification you will need to take a certain
number of education courses at your college that will help you learn
how to teach, write lesson plans, use technology in the classroom and
other issues you will face in the classroom like how to help students
who have learning differences.You must also do an internship in a
classroom where you learn about teaching up close by learning from
and teaching alongside a teacher who is already in a classroom.
Depending on what state you are in, you will probably also have to
take some kind of certification exam to get your teaching
certification and over time you'll be required to take additional
courses to keep your certification current. (That's a good thing
because as every good teacher knows you never stop learning!)
Teaching is tough, but one of the most rewarding jobs you could ever
chose. Best of luck!
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