Becoming a teacher: 5 degrees worth exploring
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A guest post by Rachelle Wilber
Education is one of the most rewarding careers. This profession has the opportunity to make a tangible impact on future generations. Some degrees are in high demand for this industry. Arguably STEM related degrees lead the way for aspiring teachers. A degree in Arts, Counseling, Speech Therapy, and Foreign Languages are also ideal for anyone considering this career.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Because STEM covers a diverse group of disciplines, there are a bevy of opportunities. Biology and physics top the list of sciences under this umbrella. Math degree holders are some of the most sought after and can be placed in any grade level. Proficiency in algebra, calculus, and trigonometry are the building blocks for engineers, physicians, and other important and well-paying jobs. Computer science degrees open doors to training students with tools for technology jobs. They offer practical skills for learning computer languages where students can take part in writing programs, developing apps, and other industry related projects.
The art teacher heads one of the few extra-curricular programs in education. Along with music and physical education instructors, they have weekly schedules that rotate facilitating their ability to teach all students. Students are exposed to art history and appreciation as they develop spatial and fine motor skills. These professionals also build self-esteem and self-efficacy skills in students. Someone wanting to become an art teacher can earn a Masters in Art Education online to fit their schedule needs while completing work.
Counselors can be found in more than their office. In the education context, they are in classrooms, school-wide presentations, and family meetings. The training they receive prepares them for a variety of responsibilities with a mission to teach holistic life lessons. The lessons help children grow academically and socially. They are responsible for all the student body and not just one classroom. Counselors have a large presence in elementary and secondary schools.
Literacy is an essential for a successful life. Educators that are reading specialist continue to empower struggling students with proficient skills. Speech pathology degree holders have the necessary expertise and training to help students with language awareness. Assessments and creating plans to ensure students succeed are a major component. They have an office with tools for regularly scheduled sessions during the school day. They work closely with classroom teachers.
Learning a foreign language has become increasingly important in the global constructs. Holding a degree in any language is ideal. However, there are some that are more popular including Spanish. While these educators can be found in any school, it is more commonplace in secondary settings.
Teachers are educational scientist with abilities to perform daily assessments of students as they impart the skills needed in life. A degree in a discipline other than education does not preclude you from becoming a teacher. In addition, there are some supports in schools that are needed outside the classroom. These degrees are options for developing each student and preparing them to be their best.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber