Become a teacher without a degree in education


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Pre-school, elementary, middle and high school teacher are in high demand across the country. And for those considering a career in teaching, there can be a host of benefits. But many would-be teachers mistakenly believe that without a bachelor’s degree in education a career in teaching isn’t possible. If becoming a teacher is your first call then read this article & start teaching.

Yet, while a bachelor’s degree is required to become a teacher, a bachelor’s degree in education is not. There are alternative avenues that make a career in education possible for those that have a degree in a discipline other than teaching. From state requirements to alternative licensures and master’s in education for non-teachers, here’s what you need to know to launch a rewarding and lifelong career in the education field.

What kind of degree do you need to be a teacher?

As mentioned above, having a non-education degree will not prevent you from becoming a teacher. For example, some private, charter and not-for-profit schools don’t require applicants to have a teaching degree or hold state licensure. If you want to teach in the public school system (either as an elementary or high-school subject teacher), however, you will need a teaching license or teaching credential.

Substitute teaching gigs can also be an excellent way for graduates with no teaching background to get some real classroom experience under their belt.

Education Requirements for aspiring teachers

International Schools are looking for teachers who hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher in their subject area. Therefore, if you are planning to teach Social Studies at the middle or high school level, you should have a degree in history, political science, anthropology, sociology or any of the other social sciences. The same applies for secondary teachers of English, Mathematics, Science and other subjects. Elementary school teachers should hold a degree in education, childhood development, or other related subjects.

Early Childhood Educator

In most states, the requirements are not as strict for preschool as in the higher grades. There are also many more openings for positions such as assistant teachers, “floaters” (assistant teachers who help in multiple rooms), or child care providers. These are all great entry-level positions! Often the requirements only involve taking a few relevant courses or showing a certain number of hours of experience. Other states only require a high school diploma. Some states allow you to meet these requirements (for instance, contact hours) while working.

Pros and Cons of Teaching without an Education Degree

Ultimately, the more education you have, the more prepared you will be as a teacher. It may be worth investing the extra time in yourself and in your future students if you’re sure teaching is the path for you. Sometimes, though, you aren’t sure exactly what type of teaching you’d like to do or if teaching is really the right fit for you. Other times, life gets in the way- maybe an education degree is out of reach due to time or money right now. If that’s the case, finding a position like assistant teaching where you can learn from a mentor is ideal.

Good luck with your decision! :)

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