The Essential Career Guide to Becoming a Middle and High School Teacher

The Essential Career Guide to Becoming a Middle and High School Teacher

The Essential Career Guide to Becoming a Middle and High School Teacher

The Essential Career Guide to Becoming a Middle and High School Teacher

Synopsis

This guide brings together essential information, state-by-state resources, and thought-provoking discussions about the field of secondary teaching in one volume. In clear, practical terms, it offers a step-by-step guide to preparation, certification, and employment as a teacher in the United States. It addresses specific issues; choosing a college and university program or going through an alternative route to certification; understanding teacher tests, succeeding as a student teacher; and developing the resume, portfolio, and interview skills needed to get a first job in the field. A complete state-by-state listing of programs, including current U.S. News & World Report Top Fifty rankings and certification requirements rounds out this valuable guide.

Excerpt

Welcome to The Essential Career Guide to Becoming a Middle and High School Teacher. The goal of the book is to give readers step-by-step guidance about how to enter the field of secondary school teaching. Part One focuses on what prospective teachers need to know to begin a teaching career, including making the decision to become a teacher, analyzing secondary schools and the adolescent students who attend them, understanding the ins and outs of certification and licensing, choosing an excellent teacher education program, succeeding as a student of teaching, and finding a first job in the field. Part Two offers state-by-state information important to prospective teachers.

The book is intended for college students making choices about courses and programs of study, recent college graduates pursuing professional positions, experienced workers thinking about changing careers, and high school students planning for college. All will find essential information about becoming a teacher and thought-provoking perspectives about adolescents, teacher education, and middle and high schools within the pages of this book.

The turn of the new century may be the best of times and the worst of times for those who want to teach. Most forecasts indicate that there will be a high demand for qualified teachers. Yet, favorable job prospects are not the only reason to become a teacher. Many people are searching for jobs that combine a life-long pursuit of knowledge, a long-held dream of joining a field they respect, a chance to work with young people, and an opportunity to make a difference in society. Teaching is a way of combining significant personal and professional goals in a career that matters.

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