Why Become a Teacher
Drexel University School of Education
Becoming a schoolteacher is a journey that leads to a rewarding and fulfilling career. If you think for a minute, you can probably remember a teacher who had a positive impact on your life. That is what teacher’s do. They help children learn lessons that follow them for the rest of their lives. It is a profession unlike any other. In this article, we will explain why becoming a schoolteacher is important, the many benefits, and how you can get started in this unique and rewarding profession.
Why Becoming a Teacher is Important
If you are wondering, “why become a teacher,” here’s why. Teaching make a tremendous difference in the development of children. Students not only gain knowledge, but also develop behavior and social skills, adopt creativity, and ultimately grow up to become happy, successful adults that may share some of the same wisdom they obtained from their teachers with their children.
At Drexel, we offer multiple pathways to help you become a teacher. You can major in Elementary Education to teach children in preschool through grade 4, Middle Level to teach grades 4-8, and Secondary Education to teach students in grades 7-12. Drexel offers full and part time bachelor’s degree programs, as well as master’s degree and post-bachelor’s certification programs for students who already have a bachelor’s degree. Drexel also offers focused concentration areas such as special education and STEM subjects for students who want to teach a specific subject. If you would like to learn more about our programs, you can request more information.
Drexel’s renowned Field Placement Office also supports students with enriching and educational student teaching experiences to ensure teaching candidates not only earn the hours required for state certification but are paired with experienced teachers who can mentor and guide beginner teachers. The Field Placement Office has relationships with school districts all across the country and can identify schools in close proximity to the student’s home.
Good Reasons to Become a Teacher
There are countless good reasons to become a teacher. Here are a few to consider:
1) No Two Days are the Same
If you dread a work environment where you do the same thing over and over again, you should consider teaching. Teachers develop lesson plans that are delivered to children in their classrooms. How children interpret and learn vary greatly, giving teachers the opportunity to adjust their teaching style and tactics to fit their students.
2) Chance to Make an Impact on a Community
Teachers play a critical role not only in the lives of their students, but in their community as well through their interactions with parents and school leadership. Schools often serve as community hubs where people from all backgrounds come together and meet to discuss issues and needs in their neighborhoods. Teachers have a unique perspective of not only working in schools but communicating directly with the adults who send their kids to their schools.
3) Job Security
There is always a need for great teachers. As populations increase, the need for teachers to educate children grows. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the profession will continue to grow for years to come with more than a 1.5 million jobs in teaching subjects. While the paycheck may not reflect the impact they have on society, teachers receive generous benefits as well as holidays off and a summer break from the classroom.
4) A Chance to be Creative
Being a teacher gives you an outlet for creativity. Teachers design their classrooms and lesson plans for their students. In turn, students provide unique perspectives and challenges, which engages a teacher’s creative juices. There are plenty of possibilities to try something new to enhance learning.
5) Unlimited Impact
Becoming a teacher will enable you to have a positive influence on the students who come through your classroom door every day. Some lessons may be forgotten but others may last forever. Teachers are in a unique position to impart knowledge on the next generation of adults who will become leaders in their homes, their jobs, and communities.
Becoming a Teacher with Drexel University’s School of Education
There are many different options available to help you become a teacher. Drexel offers bachelor’s, master’s, and post-bachelor’s teacher certification (for those who already have a degree) programs to help you earn certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Pennsylvania has reciprocation agreements with nearly every state in the country, meaning you can transfer your certification to another state if you move, or do not live in Pennsylvania.
Teacher certification is available in elementary (grades preK-4), middle level (grades 4-8), and secondary (grades 7-12). Subject areas including math, English, science, and more are available in middle and secondary certification programs. Drexel also offers special education and additional add-on certifications that fit student interest and meet the needs of school districts across the state and nation.
You can get started today by requesting more information about our programs, or, if you think you are ready, starting an application.