helP! i want to become a teacher pleaseee

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  1. mary2122

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    i just want to become a teacher :( advice please

    hello, my name is mary and i am new to this forum.....i need advice badly....i am a senior in college going for my bachelors in elementary education in pennsylvania. The problem is......there was a major family financial emergency and at the same time ireached my limit with my loan company. I cant apply for a new one because our income is low now and i cant prove to them i can pay them back. Also, i cant change the fafsa form because its in themiddle of the term. SO i decided to come home (new york) and go to a cheap school around here and commute...the school gave me a scholarship for 4,000 and is saving me a ton of money.....the only thing.....the school doesnt offer a bachelors in education....so they said that i should graduate with a bachelors of behavioral science, then go on to my masters at that same school where i would become certified to teach elementary education and special education. Now my main question....would a school look at me poorly because i didnt graduate with a bachelors in education??? do you all think i will beokay?
     
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  3. smalltowngal

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    Mary, there are lots of teachers out there that don't have a bachelor's in education, but went and got their master's in education or went through an alternative certification program.
     
  4. SLteaCh

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    At my college, University of Pittsburgh, they don't offer any undergraduate teaching degrees. So my bachelor's degree is in Applied Developmental Psychology & Children's Literature, and my Masters' is in Teaching. I got hired in PA directly following my completion of my Masters'. Good luck!
     
  5. Master Pre-K

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    I'm not sure about PA rules, but on the surface, if you don't have a degree in education...you will not be able to teach.

    What you can do is apply for a substitute certificate, and find an alternatitive program towards teacher certification, that may allow you to skip some courses. I would find out exactly what is required for certification.

    In addition, have you considered online or cohort programs? They are more expenesive, but faster, and give you the freedom to work during the day, by taking classes after hours or via computer only.

    In otherwords, before you give away more of that student loan...make sure you can appy to an education program! otherwise, you will just end up spending more money, taking out more loans!

    good luck!
     
  6. Master Pre-K

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    oh, if you were interested in early childhood, you could go the social services route... BS in Family Studies, Child Psychology, Social Services, etc. Many schools and education programs will hire teachers with those degrees.
     
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    I think she said she's getting a Bachelors in behavioral science and then a masters in Ed.

    They won't look at you poorly...the only thing is you will be more ex$pen$ive to hire with a Masters in Ed over a Bachelors. May not make a BIG difference though, I believe in NY everyone HAS TO get their Masters in order to stay licensed...:love:
     
  8. Teacher2Be123

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    As far as I know in NY everybody does eventually need to receive their Master's degree (I believe within 5 years?)
     
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    Go ahead with it.
     
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    I don't have a bachelor's in education. I just took the necessary classes (a post bach teacher prep program at the local community college) to get enough ed. credits to apply for a certificate. I don't think administrators even look at anything other than your teaching certificate--no one has ever said anything about my ed. background.

    Good luck!
     
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    I don't think that schools will look at you poorly. Many universities don't offer an undergrad degree in education. Same thing happened to me.;)
    UCLA doesn't offer one either. I didn't want to turn down the offer to go to a wonderful school just because they didn't offer an ed degree. :)
    The only thing that stinks is that you won't be teaching as soon as someone who received their BA/credential during the 1st 4 years of college.
     
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    my degress are in math/probability theory. I did the alternitive licensure thing. If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to get it.
     
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    There are whole states that don't offer undergraduate degrees in education, or at least discourage them...
     
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    I have a bachelor's degree in English and am working on a single-subject teaching credential in English. I live in California, and here all you need is a Bachelor's degree and then your teaching credential. I don't know about other states.
     
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    (whistling and looking up at the ceiling innocently)

    Like, f'rinstance, TamiJ's state...
     
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    As long as you will have teaching credentials you should be fine. Also, most schools don't mind paying more for a person that has a masters degree because they don't make that much more.
     
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    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! o my goodness you just calmed my nerves!!!!!! THANK U!!!! also this forum seems so helpful im so glad i found it!!!!
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to our playground, then, mary2122!
     
  19. Master Pre-K

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    aka as the midnight madness
    or midnight special..depending on which side of the fence you're on...

    I apologize for not reading carefully. :( I thought you were worried about not getting certified period. yeah, you can go thru a masters program in IL also. (MA, M.Ed or MAT-master of arts in teaching) nobody really cares what your other degrees are in...as long as you have that certificate!
     
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    A little unsolicited advice, though, mary2122: take all of your classwork seriously, because whether your degree is stamped "EDUCATION" on the hide or not, those classes are a good deal of your toolkit when you start teaching. And, yes, I mean to include the arcane-sounding stuff from Modern World History and your science general ed classes: the more deeply you understand this our world, the better you'll be able to equip your future students to grow into their own understanding.
     
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    yea your right...i love learning and i take all my classes seriously...not to sound like im bragging but i have a 3.8 gpa.....so yea i take every class seriously and i just love learning about ANYTHING....sometimes i just look up random stuff in google and learn about it haha its fun to me :) thank you all again!!!!!
     
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    Sounds very promising, then, mary.
     
  23. Master Pre-K

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    Well said TG...

    there is no such thing as a blow-off class anymore...

    take each class and credit hour seriously

    PE 106 -Introduction to Tennis, was time well spent! I needed balance and excercise between my ed. courses! Hitting a few aces helped me clear my mind and keep my sanity!
     
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    I got my BA in Marketing and then got my masters in Education. No one had a problem with it but I was also nervous like you. If they didn't have a problem with mine, which didn't relate AT ALL, then you will be fine.

    Good luck:)
     
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    In general, I think most administrators are happy to see us! Doesn't matter how we get there, as long as we do!
     
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    I didn't have a Bachelor's in Education either. I double majored in Biology and English with every intention of going to medical school. But one thing led to another and I ended up getting a one-year "emergency license" and then went alternate route.
     
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    LOL...I did bowling my sr year.
     
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    Still being in school myself, I can totally relate to your problem. I think you will be fine as long as you get your teaching cert. I hope everything works out for you.
     
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    i have a question about the alternate route

    what is the least expensive way to become a p-3 teacher with a degree in psychology..doesnt need to be the quickest..
     
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    For these first two years of my major, I have been Elementary/Secondary Ed, but my two year degree will be an AA. Wheh I begin at Fairleigh Dickinson in the Fall, my major for my BA will be in Behavioral Sciences/Humanities, and my Masters will be in Education. That is how their program is structured on my satellite campus. At the end of this 2 year, I will have both a BA and a Masters, because I will be taking graduate courses at the same time as the BA coursework. My teaching degree will be the Masters.

    Wheew. All that to say, you'll be fine with the Masters in Ed. You'll take the Praxis II for the content knowledge you want to teach, and that information should come from the coursework you are taking now in your program.
     
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    Okay I have a question on these lines. I'm about to complete a two year degree in early childhood now I would like to continue for my BA but I am really interested in early childhood not elementary. I was considering a major in social service area but would really like to teacher. Any Suggestions. I am an adult learner with 10 years of prior teaching experience so I would just like to complete my college education and get back out there teaching.
     
  32. Bored of Ed

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    You don't need a bachelors in education. In NYS, you can even get a provisional license without an education degree. I'm not sure exactly what the requirements are, but it can get you a teaching job while you work on your masters for permanent licensing.
     

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