What didyou major in?

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  1. hp123

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    I really want to teach kindergarten. Right now I am an early childhood Birth-3 major. I'm wondering if this is a good major. I'm going to add on a masters in Special education when I finish.

    Is this a good major for teaching this grade? I know I don't want to teach the upper grades, and thought it would be better to specialize.

    Thanks for your thoughts,
    HP
     
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  3. shasha379

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    I majored in history, but I teach Elm Ed. Certified in Pk-5.
     
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    Majored in Sociology and Women's Studies for undergraduate, but decided to start my Master's in Early Childhood PreK-4th.
     
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    i majored in elem ed k-6
     
  6. AMK

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    I majored in Early childhood pk-2. I am certified though from pk-3. I am about 2 classes short of getting my certificate in Special Ed. I don't plan on finishing it.
     
  7. MissFrizzle

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    Elementary Ed . My original cert... was for Pre- K- 6... that is not an option anymore....
     
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    I majored in Biology...I know it's crazy. Then I went back for my graduate level teacher certificate. I'm certified for K-5 and have 21 credits towards a Masters. Is it better to get a masters in Sped or Reading?
     
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    I don't think either is "better. It all depends on what interests you. I went with SPED, because I think all kids can benefit from some special education.... does that make any sense?
     
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    I would do reading. I chose not to do special ed b/c I know the adminstration would give me all the special ed kids each year and I don't think I could really handle it. But that's my opinion.
     
  11. myKroom

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    My certification is in Early Childhood PreK-K, Early Childhood PreK-3rd Grade, Prek-3rd Grade Special Ed., Reading K-6.
     
  12. devama

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    i majored in early childhood education (up to 3rd). i thought it would hurt me when looking for a job, but i just got hired! i KNEW i wanted to teach the younger grades and when i subbed 4th through 6th i was just more sure of this fact.
     
  13. JaimeMarie

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    Major was Elementary education with a concentration in human development (birth to old age).
     
  14. devama

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    oh i also minored in educational psychology.
     
  15. summersun61

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    I majored in Early Chilhood (birth to age three) as well and taught kindergarten as my first teaching job. I found it very fitting and helpful all year. You will do great!!! :)
     
  16. hp123

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    Did you have a hard time finding a job?
     
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    I majored in El. Ed K-8 with a concentration in Middle School English. I never want to teach above 2nd or 3rd, but that's the only licensure I could get for el. ed.
     
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    I have a BBA in Marketing. After working for a few years I decided to go back to complete my teaching certification in Elementary Education K-6. I am getting ready to start my Master's Program in Guidance and Counseling.
     
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    I teach Kinder...majored in Liberal Studies in a program with an "emphasis" in education. I also have a degree in Bible with a minor in preschool ed; I find that preschool ed has helped me a lot in this new career! (It doesn't hurt that I've also raised a couple of kids already!) :-D
     
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    No! Not at all! I really played up the benefits of my major during my interviews. I made sure they knew it would be beneficial to them to have a diverse background of teachers on their staff.
     
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    I have elementary ed (K-6) and ESL specialist.
    Working on my masters in education
     
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    My undergrad degree is Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood. My masters degree is in Teaching. I am certified to teach everything Pre-k thru 4th, then reading, english, language arts, social studies for 4-8, plus I have my spec ed cert k-8.
     
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    Woemn's Studies? Would you happen to be TWU alumni?
     
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    When I student taught I expressed my concern over "just" being Early Childhood to the teacher I was working with (she also majored in Early Childhood) and she said to just really "sell" it when you interview. I always kept that in mind and remembered that Early Childhood was where my heart was and thats why I chose it!
     
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    I think it is helpful to specialize. I fee like I can focus on the things that are most important tot hey age group.....like early literacy, early math skills, social skills etc. It almost makes us "experts".:)
     
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    I went to UT@Arlington.:)
     
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    I majored in Elementary Ed. with a concentration (basically a major) in English... which allowed me K-8.
     
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    Teaching is my second career.
    My BA is in Anthropology; Master's in Public Administration.
    My principal didn't care what my majors were, he saw me student teaching with kindergartners and liked how I worked with them.
     
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    I majored in music education pre-k through 12. Then after teaching music for a few years returned to school to get my master's in el. ed/sped. (pre-k-6 and pre-k to 12)
     
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    I have an AA degree in Early Childhood Ed. and a Bachelors in
    Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on Child Development! I teach pre-K but want to teach Kindergarten!
     
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    My BA is in child development and I am certified - elementary education p-5
     
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    I am double certified- Elem. Ed K-6 and Psychology. I then got a Master's in Elem. Ed and am about to add a Master's in Administration.
     
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    I am an Early Childhood (n-2), Communications and Special Education (Moderate disabilities prek -3) major with a minor in US history. I am still in school- I have completed two years and I have 3-4 years left.
     
  34. jenejoy

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    I majored in Elementary ed with a specialty in history and a support in Spanish I was/am certified to teach Pre-K-12 in a self-contained classroom with just my BA. I later went back to get my masters in Educational Administration. I wish I would have gotten my MA in Reading but now I'm returning (while working) to get my reading certificate. Just a caution on the Special Ed. at least from several districts in California and Oregon. I know about 7 people who have the special ed credentials who DID NOT want to teach Special Ed. having the Special Ed background has become a hinderance to them. Reason being that once you are hired by the district they get to determine your assignment and unless you want to move to a different district if they want you teach Special Ed, you teach Special ED. Currently I have 4 friends in both California and Oregon who are STUCK in special ed classrooms. It may not be the case for everyone but at least in my experience it's enough of a concern that you may wan to think about if you really want to go that route. (Believe me when I say that I totally agree that a special ed background would completely help a regular ed classroom...so I do see the benefit of it.)
     
  35. jenejoy

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    By the way we have the same problem with people recieving their rmaster's in Admin. The way I got around that was to only receive my Master's and stay a few classes short of my credential so I couldn't be forced into something I have later decided I do not want to do.
     
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    I majored in Family and Consumer Sci. with emphasis on Child Development 0-18. My 2 year degree, however, is in early childhood ed.
     

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