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#1174 - 10/12/2006 15:08 PM Becoming a Teacher
socalmike Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/08/2006
Loc: Covina, CA
I have been doing some thinking lately and I have come to the conclusion that I would enjoy a career in teaching. I have a few questions I was hoping someone on here could possibly answer for me. I am 26 now and finishing a degree in Criminal Justice. Will I have to switch majors to something like English or History? Or will my Crim major allow me to obtain my credentials? Another thing that worries me is that I did fairly bad when I was in High School, will my High School grades haunt me in getting into a credential program? or are they just interested in my college GPA?

#1175 - 10/12/2006 15:28 PM Re: Becoming a Teacher
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Registered: 12/10/2008
Loc: California
Have you checked out the Occupational Outlook Handbook?

It provides a lot of information, including training needed for a teaching position and additional resources.
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#1176 - 01/31/2007 00:32 AM Re: Becoming a Teacher
tcnixon Offline
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Registered: 11/21/2004
Loc: California, USA
No, your high school grades are likely safely in your past.

While you do not have to change your major, you will probably (based on your state) need to prove mastery of the core subject that you hope to teach. This means taking a test (perhaps a CSET for your subject).

Call the local university and talk with someone in the education department and/or talk with someone at your commission on teacher credentialing.

Btw, I grew up in Covina. I went to COHS.

Tom Nixon
Author, Complete Guide to Online High Schools
Co-author, Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning


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