Any teachers out there??

Kirsten - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi. I am in the middle of trying to find out what career path i want to take. I love children and think that being a teacher sounds fun. But I want to know what its like. What kind of info. do you learn while getting your degree to teach young children?



(As you can see, I'm having troiuble with the idea of choicing what i'm going to be doing for the rest of my life..or at least a nice chunk of it)

Thank you to anyone who can help me out.



*~*~Kirsten

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Crystal - posted on 07/24/2009

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I recieved my B.S. in Elementary Education last year from MSUM (Minnesota). Upon graduating, I had a 10 day old daughter and have been a stay-at-home mom since, so I have not used my degree (except for teaching my daughter, of course!).

I don't know if you're in the states or not, but if you want to teach young kids, you can choose between Pre-primary (3 - 6 years) or El. Ed. Elementary Ed is K-8th grade, and you specialize in an area (as you are licensed to teach middle school), such as math, language arts, social studies (mine!), science, Spanish, or Pre-primary. Your last year of college is jam-packed with testing for licensure, student teaching and whatnot, but I guess your last year is jam-packed with whatever major you pursue.

In the meanwhile, I'd highly suggest getting a job (or volunteer experience) working with children; that was actually a requirement to get into upper-level education courses. Not only that, but you will see if this is what you want to do. (For example, I worked at the YMCA daycare.) In some states (such as where I'm at in SD), you are able to substitute without a degree, just a certain amount of college credits.

Good luck!

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Nikki - posted on 07/24/2009

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Well...if you have a bachelors you can try substituting once or twice a week. If your child is not in daycare just ask a relative to watch him on the days that you feel like going in. This way you can test the waters to see which age group you are comfortable with. On my husbands days off I would go in while he watched my son. I still had to have some type of experience while I earned my degree. Whether it be an oberservation or student teaching. So this might be something you want to think about. I think I spent about three months student teaching (if I am not mistaken). But of course this was towards the end of my certification process.

Charlie - posted on 07/24/2009

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sorry i completely forgot about children , i didnt have any at the time so it was easy to do that obviously you do and i do now , so an online course is a fantastic idea ! still i would strongly encourage you to do some work experience to see how you like it :)

Nikki - posted on 07/24/2009

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You are very welcome:) I have taken courses at LeTourneau University. And if I am not mistaken it is based in Longview, Texas. I took courses online at the Houston campus only had to attend class twice a month. This gave me time to spend with my son while I earned my degree.

Charlie - posted on 07/24/2009

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I teach 3-5 year olds .i studied and worked at the same time i think its better that way because you get hands on experience , you learn so much more than they teach you at school .
But let me say you have to do the job for the love of it because the pay is CRAP !
Having said that i LOVE my job its the best decision i have ever made !!
Pick the right age group for you because not all people will be suited to teaching early childhood , primary or high school , i personally could not teach high school , or primary age , i love the 3-5 age group .
maybe you could try some work experience for a week or two .
being a teacher can be mentally draining at times and if your interested in teaching early childhood it can be physically draining as well , I also didnt know what i wanted to do 6 years ago and fell into this career quite by accident and i have never looked back , early childhood education is something i am VERY passionate about , i hope all goes well for you . good luck :)

Kirsten - posted on 07/24/2009

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Thank you nikki. Thats what I needed to hear..I'm definately going to look into it..my cousin did most of hers online. If you dont mind me asking, where are you getting your degree at? Thanks again for the info=)

Nikki - posted on 07/24/2009

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I am in the midst of earning my degree. I have learned soo much! From how the school system works to how the deal with different temperaments. We all know that all children are not the same so we have to adjust to each childs temperament. I have learned how to make lesson plans into units, which was my favorite part. I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher but people would always try to talk me out of it because they thought that teaching wasn't worth the pay. I have learned the teaching fulfills me in ways that no other job can. If you are thinking about it I would say that it is worth checking in out. I will also say, that being a teacher is not always fun. It is on those days that when you see a childs growth that lets me know that I have made the right choice. Just remember that not every teacher who is first starting off is going to be perfect. Good Luck!

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