Step 1: college. Step 2: ??? Step 3: become a high school history teacher.
March 7, 2012 3:07 PM Subscribe
Right now, you're a college freshman. In ten years, you want to be a high school history teacher, probably somewhere in the northeast U.S. What path are you going to take to get there?
posted by amy lecteur to Education (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a history professor at a solid liberal arts college near Boston. Many of the students I advise (history majors) hope to become high school history teachers, and I don't know how to tell them to get there. Assume we're talking about bright, motivated, good students who would probably be competitive applicants to regionally-known masters' programs. As far as I can tell, these students' choices are:
1) Complete the BA with a minor in secondary ed. The college's program culminates with MTEL/prepracticum/application for licensure when they finish undergrad.
2) Complete the BA without the secondary ed minor, and then get a master's degree in education, um, somewhere. (Recommendations for specific schools/programs that would be good for history teaching, especially in the northeast, are most welcome.)
3) Uh, other?
As you can probably tell, I know absolutely zip about this - this wasn't a career path I went down myself, and since I'm not originally from MA I know nothing about the school system here. I also don't know what grad programs in the region have a good reputation for turning out qualified high school teachers. For that matter, I don't even know whether most teachers go on for a master's degree before they start teaching. If a student does want to get a master's degree, will a secondary ed minor in undergrad make them a stronger or weaker candidate for that graduate program?
Thanks in advance, everyone.