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How best to become a teacher?

Asked by livingchoice (553points) July 11th, 2011

I’m really thinking on becoming a teacher (leaning towards art, English or health) It’s what I wanted to do since I was in the 5th grade but was discouraged by my own art teacher against it. :O( Nevertheless it has always been in my thoughts. I’m supposed to be moving to PA in a few months and wondering if I should get my teaching license in PA, NY or NJ since my home is just 30 min from the other two. What should I do?

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marinelife's avatar

Why not check out the number of teacher job openings in those various states and decide based on that?

quiddidyquestions's avatar

You should also find out if those states will accept a license from another state without additional coursework.

incendiary_dan's avatar

Whatever you do, read the works of John Taylor Gatto. He is perhaps the best and most important voice in the subject of education.

linguaphile's avatar

Check which states do NOT have reciprocity as far as license/certificates go. Minnesota, for example does not honor any other state’s licenses. When you move here with a certificate from another state, you have to go through the application process as if you don’t have credentials in another state. Arizona, South Dakota, Iowa—all honor other state’s licenses as valid.
PA, NJ, NY—find out which one does NOT have reciprocity, and get your credentials in that state, then you’ll be able to transfer it to states that have reciprocity. Figure this out before you take your first education class and save yourself money and the headache later.

kalrbing's avatar

Great choice of profession. find out where you can get a license that you can have honored in all 3 areas though just a couple of applications and no extra course work or testing. Also, if you’re near 2 state borders, the school systems may have special conditions for bordering cities and states. I live on the TN- KY state line. MY license is TN, but a KY city thet borders mine allows TN teachers to teach there by simply filling out one form and the license reciprocates. Check the state standards. Make sure you do a little research on the areas as well. If you’re looking for a challenge or a smooth ride with the children you may find a great variety between the 3 states. BEST OF LUCK.

livingchoice's avatar

Thanks all for your input so far. It has been very helpful.

blackandwhite's avatar

I have also considered becoming an art teacher since junior high school when my own art teacher asked me to help him teach the class. I was more skilled than him in a variety of art studies because of my personal passion for art. Take care to decide what area you’d like to teach. Health, English and Art are three very different areas of study so be sure to choose one that you are most passionate about. Your art teacher seems to reflect mine. A prime example of the kind of teacher you will surpass. Take pride in what you do, whatever that may be. As far as where to get your license I would suggest a place you are most comfortable in. I’m not as knowledgeable on state licensing as the above posts, but I am no stranger to travel or being stuck in a place you don’t want to be. I hope you find what you’re looking for.

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