Earn Your Elementary Teaching Degree via Online Study
f you have an interest in teaching America's most precious students, but lack the time and money for a prolonged attendance at a traditional college, we have the perfect solution for you. You can now earn your teaching degree online and be qualified in elementary education in less time than you would expect.
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If you already have a college degree, particularly a bachelor's degree, you are four steps ahead of the game. Interestingly, it really doesn't matter what your bachelor's degree is since you can use it as a spring board and take the required education courses. Online teaching degrees are flexible, so you could use your existing degree and apply it to general studies—meaning you would teach multiple subject areas such as Language Arts, Social Studies, Arithmetic and so forth, or you could specialize teach something like art, physical education, or music, to name a few.
Earning the Degree to Become a Teacher
As implied earlier, the trick to successfully earning an online degree is to, first, know what you already have, and, second, to know what your goals are. Perhaps you want to be a teacher but would prefer secondary education. That can also be done, but the procedure and requirements will be a little different from the elementary teacher's program. In either case, you will need a bachelor degree.
Once you have the bachelor degree and the required education courses, you will need a semester of "student teaching." At a traditional college, your education department would work out the details of an appointment at a nearby school. In an online situation, it may be up to you to approach a local school and ask if they participate in a "student teaching" program. You teach a class of students for a semester under the guidance of the master teacher. Your college instructor will provide you with all the required information. Both you and your master teacher will submit evaluations of your performance.
The last step—which can actually be done during your final semester of study—is to take the National Teacher Exam. The test is not expensive, and for people who paid attention while earning their bachelor degree, it really isn't difficult. Furthermore, if you decide to teach in a private school, the NTE might not be required. Once you have completed all the requirements, your teaching certificate for your state will arrive in the mail. At this point, all you need to do is start completing applications.
Teaching is not about money. Yes, you can make a modest living, and the salaries differ from state to state. You also earn "step raises" as time goes on, meaning the more experience you acquire, the higher your salary will become. But if you are a beginning teacher, you will likely start at the bottom of the ladder for your district. Your salary will be determined by your degree and by your area of specialization. Also, those teaching special education and physical education, for example, may be able to demand a higher starting salary than someone teaching general academics with no prior experience. In most cases, a beginning teacher should expect to start at around $35,000 a year.