Education & Training and Human Services
Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement: The traditional route to becoming a publicschool teacher involves completing a bachelor's degree from a teacher educationprogram and then obtaining a license. However, most states now offeralternative routes to licensure for those who have a college degree in otherfields. Private school teachers do not have to be licensed but may still need abachelor's degree.
Traditionaleducation programs for kindergarten and elementary school teachers includecourses designed specifically for those preparing to teach.
Amongthese courses are mathematics, physical science, social science, music, art,and literature, as well as prescribed professional education courses, such asphilosophy of education, psychology of learning, and teaching methods. Aspiringsecondary school teachers most often major in the subject they plan to teach,while also taking a program of study in teacher preparation. Many 4- yearcolleges require students to wait until their sophomore year before applyingfor admission to teacher education programs. To maintain their accreditation,teacher education programs are now required to include classes in the use ofcomputers and other technologies. Most programs require students to perform astudent-teaching internship.