Starting at the age of 4, I knew at that moment that I wanted to become a teacher. What came with my primary vocation was something I was not prepared for. My journey in terms of my future career path came in at the age of 4 but progressed throughout. In eighth grade, I declared my decision on becoming a math teacher. The reason being I did great on all homework assignments and exams provided. The same happened all throughout high school with keeping good grades in all my math classes. Moving into college, I was indeed prepared to start my college journey into learning the essentials I need to become an effective teacher. Everything was good and then the second semester of my freshmen year came in. There were many obstacles that I faced from getting my mandatory exams out of the way to struggling in a course that was for my original major: Adolescent Eucation in Mathmatics with the Certfictation of SWD (Students with Disablities). That same summer, I decided I wanted to switch my concentration from adolescent to childhood. I knew it would be a lot for me to cover with my future students, but I was willing to make that change (my mom and sister been told me about my choice in who I wanted to teach, but I did not listen until it was too late).
That was a little blurb (or a mouthful that I just fed you) on what I am going to discuss in this post. Here are the following tips that I suggest to you before making your final decision on your career:
- Research: This is key to choosing the right concentration that you would like to teach. I did not do that; I went head first into my major thinking I wanted to teach older students math. While you do your research, search which courses you would have to take before making your final decision and the exams you would have to take alongside pricing.
- Choose the right concentration: This would come after you conducted your research on which concentration would best fit you and the one you feel you would enjoy the most in the near future.
- Go by what your advisor tells you: The first two are important, but this is the most important tip. These advisors within the teacher education department were once teachers and know what they are talking about regarding adequate information to their advisees. They provide you information on when to take teacher certificate exams to when you should attend mandatory workshops. When procrastinating on any of these, you have a tendency to rush to find allotted time to take these exams and finding available times to attend mandatory workshops. I once procrastinated on taking my exams and attending the workshops and then I went for it.
With pushing forward, I got all of my exams and workshops out of the way, now I’m anticipating on my student teaching to come. Take it from someone who is a college student, research on your major and go by what former teachers/ advisors tell you. It will pay off in the long run.
If you have anymore questions in terms of the education major, comment them below. Also, I have more posts coming out that will help you to prepare for college and the price that comes with it.