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10 Steps to Becoming a Teacher

10 Steps to Becoming a Teacher

Jill Hare

Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? It’s a profession with great rewards and challenges. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics says that job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years will vary from good to excellent, depending on the locality, grade level, and subject taught. Shortages of qualified teachers will likely continue, resulting in competition among some localities, with schools luring teachers from other States and districts with bonuses and higher pay.

We’ve put together Ten Steps to Becoming a Teacher, a guide to help you along the way. You’ll learn about the education system, the degrees and certification necessary to become a teacher, great interview tips and more.

Step 1: Learn About the Education System

Step 2: Decide if Teaching is Right for You

Step 3: Find a Degree Program

Step 4: Choose the Right Specialty

Step 5: Gain Classroom Experience

Step 6: Qualify for Certification

Step 7: Get Hired

Step 8: Professional Expectations & Benefits

Step 9: Teaching Contracts

Step 10: Your First Year Teaching

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