What Courses Are Required to Become a Teacher?

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Some courses that are required to become a teacher include methods courses, such as curriculum and instruction methods, history of education courses, specific workshops and a student teaching job. Take all of the required classes to become a certified teacher with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on education.

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Hi, I'm Laura from youngwritersworkshops.com and I'm going to talk about what courses are required to become a teacher. Generally the courses that are included in teaching preparation curriculum are a methods course that might include curriculum and instruction methods, there's usually a history of education course, and usually some specific workshops or symposiums on special education and English as a second language. This might vary from institution to institution and there's some leeway within most state board of education standards granting institutions. But that's the general things you'll find. The basic and most important part of earning a teaching credential is student teaching. And this give you experience in the classroom, you'll begin to learn some classroom management and lesson planning, that kind of things that you really need to know as a teacher from your student teaching. And then often there's a discussion component where you'll get to meet with a cadre of student teachers and discuss some of your learning and some of your challenges. There are alternative certification programs as well and if you're interested in becoming a teacher you should look in to what's available in your area, in that respect if that might work better in your life.


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