How to Become a Teacher

This article provides in-depth information into What is a Teacher? What Teacher do? Degrees for Teacher, Steps to become Teacher and much more.


A teacher is someone who makes an impact on the students not only in academics but also to improve their behavior, be socially responsible and contribute towards society and make a positive difference. The profession of a teacher is challenging as well as satisfying. 

They guide their students constantly to acquire knowledge and learn the subject ,conduct exams and lead them toward academic success.

The common teaching levels are elementary, middle school, high school, early education, post-secondary education and online coaching.

A good teacher can change society by teaching good skills and greatly influence the youth. 

Steps to become a teacher

A teacher or an educator chooses this profession to pass on their skills to students by educating them, they build a curriculum in the classroom and also bring the difference in others' lives. here are some simple steps you should follow to become a teacher,

Step 1- Get a teaching degree

A bachelor's degree is the minimum degree required for teachers to work as an elementary or kindergarten education. However you could begin working at a preschool with an associate’s degree but you are required to earn a bachelor's degree later.

For a high school level teacher, you are required to specialize and be a major in that subject you want to teach.

Step 2- Gain Teaching experience

As soon as you get the degree in teaching required, you can start off early as an elementary or a preschool teacher. Gaining experience in teaching gives you an idea about the other level of teaching and gives you an advancement towards professional growth. To get a licence to teach, you are required to gain sufficient experience and this varies depending on states. A graduate student could also choose to work as a teaching intern which could give you an opportunity to get a full employment.

Step 3- Earn teaching certification or license  

If you are planning to work as a secret at a public school, you are required to be certified by the state. The state regulations vary from state to state and you must research the rules of that specific state. To obtain a license you must get a teaching degree, complete a state approved state approved teacher preparation program, pass a relevant exam and submit your application to get licensed.This also requires you to have some teaching experience under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

Private school teachers do not need this certification but however we recommend you to get a state license to expand the job opportunities.

Step 4- Land on a teacher's job

After getting certified, you start searching for your dream job. You must then decide on the schools to work with according to your degree and teaching level experience. Prepare for the job and ace the interview. You could also opt for a full time or part time employment. After getting the job, you must be committed to work and engage the class well. Build good teacher-student relationships and guide students through their academic progress.

Step 5- Continue your higher education

If you have completed a basic minimum education to work as a teacher, i.e: you may have earned a bachelor’s degree and started working, you could still explore your career opportunities and continue your education and socialize at the subjects of your interest to teach higher level of classes. This can fetch you a higher salary and also increase your potential for the job.

To stand out in this profession, you could get a certification from the National Board Certification where this could increase your credentials beyond a state license.   

Types of degree to be considered

For your career as a teacher, there are numerous academic paths to reach that goal. Here are some degrees to help you become a teacher,

Associate’s degree for teachers

 An associates degree is a two year program that gives you some basic knowledge to start working as a teacher at elementary school or a preschool. This degree can also be a stepping stone to your bachelors degree to accelerate your bachelors program by building and transferring the educational credits. It gives you a variety of educational courses which lay a strong foundation to your career end.

Bachelor's degree for teachers

In most educational institutions, a teacher is required to have a bachelor’s degree as the minimum requirement. This four year degree program gives you opportunities not only for a formal education but also to get experience in internships, teachers preparation programs and  hands-on training which is required to earn the state certification.

With this degree, you can start off from kindergarten to high school and let your explore other career options as you work.

Master’s degree for teachers

This two year degree program is designed for you after graduating with bachelors degree and want to be a major is a specific subject of teaching. For you to work with a high school or middle school level of teaching, you are required to have a masters degree in that subject. A masters degree can also give you opportunities to be a principal or assistant principal at that school.

Doctoral degree for teachers

This is a degree for students who are interested in researching about the subject and this degree may take up to a number of years depending on your pace to complete the research. This degree gives the highest administration level of education and also works on teaching students pursuing their post-secondary education.

In this degree period, the students research the newest information and technologies with enhancing their skills at that subject.

Online Teaching degrees

This degree program gives opportunity to students to learn online and virtually work to get experience at a school. This benefits the student greatly and accelerates the course completion and obtaining the state certification sooner. It could take about two to three years to complete the program.

Concentrations to be considered for a teacher

Academic Concentrations: As a student, you can advance your career as an effective teacher with the value you learn during the coursework. It includes general courses to core education essential to become a teacher. The concentration provide a basic foundation to work at an educational institution, here are some,

Associate’s degree in teaching

The associate's degree offers some courses that act as a stepping stone for the future career, here are some,

Introduction to Curriculum Development

It is a course to introduce students to develop a curriculum with students and improve the teaching techniques to engage students effectively in a classroom.

Skills acquired:

  • Development of curriculum with students of all age

  • Improve student learning in the classroom

  • To design coherent instructions

Principles and Practices of teaching

Educate students on the evolution of student teaching methods and to develop the strategies including the seven principles of good teaching.

Skills acquired:

  • To engage active classroom learning 

  • Practices of teaching

  • Emphasize on effective communication with students

  • Encourage talent and ways of learning

Health, Safety and Nutrition for students

Course to explore the safety and healthy environment to students and how the teacher analyzes the nutrition and development of children in the development stage.

Skills acquired:

  • Educate children about the right  nutrition for their age

  • Understand the importance of health wellness and safety of children 

  • Guide parents about the health of their children

Teaching in a diverse society

This course gives you an overview on the teaching ways in a diverse classroom, with various cultural backgrounds and how to accommodate the diversity in cultural beliefs and lifestyle.

Skills acquired:

  • Adapt to the diverse culture of students

  • A deeper understanding of the ethnic diversity

  • Build a stronger understanding of the students and their parent's belief systems

Bachelor's degree in teaching

Now you know that a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational requirement to work as a teacher, let’s see the courses you learn in the four year degree program.

Methods of teaching

This focuses on the various methods of teaching to make students learn effectively and engage them in the classroom. The method of teaching is different for every level of students be it elementary, preschool, high school, this course lets you understand the different methods to adopt while teaching.

Skills acquired:

  • Various techniques of teaching
  • Understand the methods that target a certain age group of student

Education technologies

Courses that focus on the appropriate technologies that can be used to make the classroom interesting. This improves the performance and makes theoretical learning more fun.

  • Bringing the latest technology to the classroom.

  •  Using computer system and gadgets to make learning effective

  • Includes the online homework deliveries and grade calculations

Education of children with special learning needs

Course to make you understand the importance of extracurricular activities and to cope up with students who need a little push towards their learning and extra help in the classroom. 

Skills acquired:

  • Providing students with materials to ease their learning

  • Working with parents to access the assessment of students with appropriate curriculum plan

Various instruction

Understand the basic instruction to be followed by the teacher at the classroom to be clear on the subject and educate effectively

Skills acquired:

  • Methods to implement while teaching 

  • Improve the skills of teachers which they can pass it on to students

  • Overview of what the students must learn in class and how to engage them

Master’s degree in teaching

This is an advanced degree to help students specialize in the particular students to tech high school students, this offers courses such as,

School and community partnership

Course to understand the relationship between school and the community by collecting appropriate information ,collaboration and resources. Understand how the community agencies engage with the school in a culturally appropriate way and how the families and school are together responsible for the overall development of the child's growth.

Skills acquired

  • Approaching the community agencies for an school issues

  • Communicate effectively and put the views clearly

  • Collecting suitable information and collaborating with agencies

Legal and ethical issues

Learn the possible legal, ethical  issues that could rise in the education system. This also includes discussion with people about various topics such as bullying, harassment and violating regulations.

Skills acquired:

  • Learn to manage the legal issues

  • Follow the regulation and avoid violating the government concerns

  • How the ethical issues must be handled

School finance

Learn to manage the finance with potential funding resources, federal issues, government grants with the basic accounting and statistics.

Skills acquired:

  • Gain knowledge on managing finance at different levels of management schools

  • Balancing the funding and expenditure

  • Understanding proper allotment and distribution of resources.

Curriculum development

Development of a curriculum with proper research on various factors such as student data, accountability, student assessment and social factors. 

Skills acquired:

  • Understand the student data regarding the assessment of curriculum

  • Designing an effective curriculum plan

  • Researching and conducting a survey for curriculum 

Job concentrations

Pursuing your career as a teacher may not be the only option, the certification you earned could give you other job opportunities such as,

Childcare worker

A childcare worker looks after the children, prepares food and takes basic care of children such as dressing, feeding and playing. They help young children learn and prepare them for kindergarten and older ones to school.

This job requires you to have a basic high school diploma and this job gets you $21,000  annually.

Instructional coordinator

An instructional coordinator works at an elementary and secondary school to provide support service. He oversees the school curriculum and teaching standard and develops the instructions , material and implements it. This job requires a Master’s degree and some experience and fetches a salary of about $64,000 per year.

Librarian

A librarian at school organises and manages the book and lends books, magazines, journals,newspapers and other data sources to students. They also guide students to increase their interest towards reading books. You'll require a master’s degree for this job and some experience while you could earn $58,000 per year.

School counselor

A school counselor works at a primary or secondary school to help students with their academic, career and social-emotional competencies. They interact with students and understand students and help them to progress at school. This job is required to have a Master’s degree. You could earn up to $56,000 per year with this job.

Preschool director

This job requires the minimum requirement of a bachelor’s degree to educate children of age ranging from 2-4 years. This gives very basic education to children till the continued span of age 8. The salary ranges to about $52,000 per year.

Stand out skill for a teacher

Every profession emerges from the skills taught by the teacher, the teacher must also possess some skills to ace their career, they are,

Patience: A teacher should be patient enough with his students. Nowadays, kids are stubborn and throw tantrums during class hours, hence the teacher must handle it without losing his temper, he could also gain respect with this.. This is also one of the most important qualities of a good teacher. 

Adaptability: A class consists of diverse students and their learning pace also varies, hence the teacher must be efficient and sensitive towards those students and teach lessons in unique methods. It always does not according to what the teacher plans to teach, hence adaptability is important to keep the class engaged in different situations.

Creativity: A teacher must be creative and discover new methods to engage the class. A good teacher not only focuses on academics but also the overall development of the child. Using his imagination, he could educate his students by making them play games, projects, fun assignments.

Constant learning: You should know that gaining too much knowledge is also not much. A teacher must always explore different methods to teach his students and constantly expand their course knowledge and bringing updated with the latest technologies is important. This helps them solve the questions asked by the students in a better way.

Effective communication: Communication is a key for a teacher, his primary job is only to communicate and interact with the students to pass on his knowledge. Hence, when you communicate clearly using simple language, students understand the subject better.

Leadership: This is another most important skill required for a teacher to have next to patience, every student needs a person to guide them through their career and the teacher acts as a leader to lead his students. Being a leader is not easy and a teacher must always work on improving his skills to stand out and earn respect from his students.

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