I have been a Teacher Assistant for nearly 5 years! I want to become a teacher. My Bachelor of Arts degree is in a different area, which is Social Science with Education Concentration. Even though I'm a teacher assistant, I'm NOT naive to the realities of education. Even with the ever present changes, I still want to teach. I want to be an elementary school or junior high school teacher for 6th grade. Even though I didn't go through the traditional education route, I feel I'm gaining valuable experience. I work well with students, I love working with children, seeing them grow from one year to the next, and that's why I want to be a teacher! In order for me to certify in Elementary Education, I have to take 2 additional education courses, pass the GK, SAE, and PEd, and teach for 1 year! What's your take on teachers completing alternative routes to completing teacher certification? My passion is to teach!