Education is a necessity prerequisite for human growth. If you have decided on becoming a teacher, you can have a satisfying career enriching the lives of the youth. But it’s not as simple as applying for any position that suits you and waiting to get an interview call. The path to becoming a teacher is demanding and you need to meet specific certification requirements as well as compete for a desirable position.
Here are 5 ways to jumpstart your teaching career
Determine the teaching level you want:
The first step in pursuing a teaching career is determining which level and subjects are right for you. Decide what you are best suited to become – a kindergarten, primary, middle school, high school or college and university professor, whether you would like to teach mathematics, science, social sciences or languages. The possibilities are many. You would also need to decide on where you would like to teach, in a government school, a private educational institution, run your own classes or volunteer for an NGO teaching post. This decision decides considerably the kind of preparation that you would have to undergo.
Work on your basics:
You must have strong basic concepts of the particular subject you wish to teach. If you love mathematics, you must be familiar enough with the subject to teach others. If science is your pet subject, get updated about the latest scientific technologies and innovations. Start working on the basics and concepts of the subject. This is the perfect way to prepare yourself for your preferred occupation. Quite often we forget what we have studied in our schools or colleges because we don’t apply most of them in real life situations. So the need is to revisit the basics which you have learnt in the school or college.
Understand qualification requirements:
Once you know what and where you want to teach, you need to meet the specific qualification requirements to become one. There are different qualifications required for teachers of different levels. If you wish to become a teacher in a reputed private or Government school, you must have a degree such as B.Ed (Bachelor of Education), to be a primary teacher a High school certificate with a Diploma in Education (D.Ed) is enough, a kindergarten teacher needs to be trained in Montessori.
Qualify in the teacher recruitment exam:
Various teacher recruitment examinations for becoming a school teacher include:
- CTET (Central Teacher Eligibility Test)
- State TET exams which are conducted by State Governments.