Do you have a life-long love for small children. Have you always secretly—or perhaps not secretly—believed that you could be a great teacher if only you had the time and opportunity to get the teaching certificate?
Thanks to the growth of online programs, you can become a teacher without leaving your current job. Your online teaching degree will have all the quality that you would expect in a traditional teaching program.
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Walden University offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree with a specialization in Teacher Leadership program, a Ph.D. in Education with specializations in Adult Education Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, and more, and a M.S. in Education with specializations in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Educational Leadership, Integrating Technology in the Classroom, and more.
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University of Southern California offers a Master of Arts in Teaching with three variations. You can earn simply the Master of Arts in Teaching, or you can take the same program with either a single subject credential or multiple subject credential. Thus, if you already have a degree in another field, you can take advantage of your current knowledge and become certified as a teacher in your own field. Ask for more information today.
Through Liberty University’s online program, you can earn a Master of Education degree in Teaching and Learning—Elementary Education. In addition to completing the core courses, you will learn to teach math, natural sciences, language acquisition and reading skills. A three-credit-hour internship is part of the M. Ed program.
American InterContinental University offers a Master's of Education program with specializations in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology, Educational Assessment and Evaluation, and Leadership in Educational Organizations. These programs are designed for teachers, corporate instructors, and others who wish to enhance and broaden their teaching skills.
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Capella University Online offers a Master of Science in Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education. In addition, Capella provides two post-master's Certifications. With several specializations, the Master's degree program can be tailored to meet the student's individual career choices. These programs are designed to improve your effectiveness and expand your educational knowledge.
Depending on the program and your own education level, you may be able to complete even the student teaching requirement at a school in your own location. You would report to a site near you to complete your state’s required teaching exam.
Becoming an elementary school teacher, like other teaching career fields, has changed dramatically in recent years. While some elementary teachers teach all subjects to a class of young children, others specialize in subjects such as music, art, physical education, computer, foreign language and even journalism. These subjects are provided by many schools as “related arts” classes and are designed to expose youngsters to a broad variety of educational experiences and to stimulate young imaginations to take an early interest in specialized topics.
You can begin working in an elementary setting as a teacher’s aid with only an associate’s degree. However, if you want to actually do the teaching, you will need a bachelor’s degree. Most states have continuing education requirements for permanent certification, so while you can start teaching with only a bachelor’s degree, you will most likely need additional credit hours which will qualify as a “concentration,” in order to keep your certification. In most cases, you will eventually want to complete a master’s degree as this will automatically increase your salary several steps on the salary tables.
Salaries for teachers are among the most widely varied of all careers. The more education you have, the higher your salary will be. Each year, you also get a few hundred dollars in increasing salary for the additional experience. Finally, teachers in some areas of the country receive radically higher salaries than other areas. You might think that economically distressed areas would offer lower pay, but these areas often have higher government benefits, loan forgiveness programs for teachers who agree to teach in these areas for 3 to 5 years, and other perks. Oddly enough, some of the school zones with the nation’s most highly achieving schools—such as New Hampshire, for instance—have historically had some of the lowest salaries. Salaries change over time, however. The only way to know the base salary of any given area is simply to conduct a little research.
Most people in education are not there for the salary—although some areas of the country pay very well. Most teachers will tell you that their primary reward is in knowing that they are helping to prepare future adults to become responsible, contributing citizens to our society. Successful teachers work closely with families as well as the students. They have to know many different ways of teaching a single concept and have to understand