My dream job is to be a teacher; it has been my dream and goal for a very long time. But lately I find myself asking a lot of questions over and over again. Do teachers get summers off? What are some risks of becoming a teacher? What issues do teachers face today? Out of all these many questions, the one that repeats itself the most is what is it like to be a teacher?
What are some of the qualifications needed to become a teacher? State licensure is a requirement for all public school teachers. The licenses can vary from a bachelor degree to the completion of a teacher education program. The first thing needed is college; after starting college, there are three main ways to qualify for teaching. The first way is a four year undergraduate teacher education degree; this is like a bachelor’s degree. The second is a double degree; this is studying for two degrees at the same time; most universities offer this after four years. The third way is an academic degree in a certain subject. The academic degree is usually followed by a one to two year graduate teacher education program. For people wanting to teach in secondary education, there is a fourth way to qualify. Experience in a vocational area will include teaching qualifications. This is mainly applied to teaching technology, wood work, automotive, etc. To teach a secondary subject, it helps to keep in mind which subject will give the best chance of securing a position on completion of studies.
Another qualification that is very important is passion. The passion to look past all the challenges of teaching. Understanding that every year is different and special in its own way. To enjoy learning and spreading knowledge is another requirement. These are important qualifications for a teacher.
How do teachers get paid? Teachers get paid for twelve to nine months. They receive a salary pay, which means they have a set pay based on a thirty-seven hour work week which doesn’t include summers. Realistically they work three times longer than that they will only be paid for thirty-seven hours. Technically, teachers are not paid for the summer months even though that is the time most teachers take continuing education and technology training or work on new lesson plans. However, most teachers choose to have their annual salary divided into twelve payments rather than nine. Teachers pay can also vary by experience and degree. In Louisiana the average salary for a teacher is $40,521 dollars. The lowest salary a teacher makes is $27,000; they also get holiday pay (How Much Teachers Get Paid state by state).
What are some of the issues that teachers face? For this question I went to many different teachers and asked for their opinion on the biggest issues of being a teacher. Three key issues dominated their answers; control of the class room, paper work, and lack of parental involvement.
The first issue mentioned was control of the class room....