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Education majors receive training that is specifically designed to prepare them for careers in teaching. However, these students also learn many other skills that translate to many other types of work. Those who receive an education degree can focus in many different areas, from mathematics, science, language arts, psychology, and more.

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What is an Education Degree?

What can you do with an education degree?

Many people just assume that your only option with an education degree is to teach in a school setting. That is not the case! You can become a writer, librarian, school counselor, school administrator, health educator, textbook sales rep, etc. But if you’re looking to do more traditional education, choose from teaching elementary, middle, vocational, high school, or college classes.

Here is a typical day in the life of a teacher :

  • Teach all primary curriculum.
  • Make sure the class is progressing in their education.
  • Organize and decorate a classroom with displays to create a good learning environment.
  • Plan, prepare, and present lessons.
  • Discipline and prepare feedback for parents on the success of their student.
  • Keep up to date with changes in education at conferences.
  • Create tests and grade papers.

Pros & Cons

Pros & Cons of Teaching:

    Pros:

  • Being a teacher means great work hours.
  • You’ll never have to work late shifts, and you’ll always work M-F and have all holidays off with extended breaks in the summer.
  • Teachers also have good pay with advanced degrees, especially with a master’s or doctoral degree.
  • Teachers also have job security and the ability to advance in an administration position if desired.

    Cons:

  • Being a teacher comes with a lot of stress and pressure.
  • Those above you are expecting your class to do well on state testing, so there are a lot of politics involved.
  • If any budget cuts happen in a school system it hurts the teacher the most.
  • Also, sometimes a teaching environment can be difficult since you are working around a lot of children of are sick, not disciplined, or distracting.
  • A lot of times a teacher becomes more of a babysitter than a teacher.

Schooling

Those who want to become teachers attend a four-year college with education. Individuals who are interested in teaching middle or secondary school also major in a subject they want to focus in, such as music, history, math, biology, english, music, etc.

After you graduate college you will need to be certified in the state you intend to teach in which involves a PRAXIS exam.

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