How Can You Find Out what Teaching is Really Like?
Sometimes you have to actually try doing something to find out if you like it.
See if one of your teachers will let you help out as a teaching assistant or look into volunteering with a tutoring program. You
can also join a Project Tomorrow, Educators Rising student group
or a service learning program that might include tutoring activities.
Identify some steps you can take during high school to see if teaching is for you. Here's a
printable checklist to help you get started.
Work with before-school, after-school, and other school-age child care programs under the supervision of authorized personnel.
Get a Child Development Permit and see if you like teaching.
Look into becoming a paraeducator in your local
school district if you have an associate degree.
If you have a baccalaureate degree, substitute teaching is a great way to get some experience in the classroom without having
to immediately complete the requirements for a credential. Learn how to obtain a substitute teaching permit
from the Frequently Asked Questions list. Contact your local public school for job openings.
Decide if Teaching is For You gives you more information about this important decision including:
Would you be an effective teacher? and What is teaching really like?
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