Becoming a teacher....

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Registered: 01-26-2006
Becoming a teacher....
Sun, 05-21-2006 - 5:47pm

I am thinking about becoming a teacher and was wondering what classes I would have to take in college. Can I study at a community college or do I have to transfer to a university? I will teach in Mississippi if that helps. I seem to have come to a dead end on the internet looking for this information. Thank you.



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Registered: 08-23-1997
Sun, 05-21-2006 - 6:18pm

Welcome Jessica. What courses you take depends on what level you want to teach. If you want to teach middle school or high school, you will have to have a major in whatever it is you teach, due to the new regulations for No Child Left Behind. So if you wanted to be an English teacher you would have to have a major in English. I don't know how this works on the elementary level. You many be able to attend community college to start, but you must have a BA to teach, therefore you must graduate from a 4 year college.

You can go to Peterson's on line or go the library and look in the reference section for a copy of Peterson's Guide to Colleges and look at which colleges in Mississippi offer education degrees. You can call them and ask to speak to someone about their education degrees or get a course listing. Good luck.

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Mon, 05-22-2006 - 10:43am

Teaching requires a bachelor's degree to start and many get a master's later on.