Recent studies on teacher effectiveness have brought light to the one common denominator strong educators share—preparation. The National Center for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) summarized the key findings on educator effectiveness and found that teaching preparation helps candidates develop essential knowledge and skills and leads to higher student achievement and lower attrition among new teachers.† This strongly reinforces the importance of teacher licensure.
State departments of education grant educator licenses; however, qualified universities offer teacher licensure preparation programs that provide the skills and knowledge that can help you not only pass the licensure examination, but become an effective teacher. Most teacher licensure preparation programs allow you to enter at any stage of your education, whether you are just beginning to consider earning a bachelor’s degree or have already accumulated college credits.
Here’s a basic outline of the steps to follow if you’re considering becoming a K–12 educator:
The number of U.S. students attending elementary and secondary schools is expected to increase by 6% by the year 2022.‡ This creates a constant demand for highly qualified teachers who are prepared to meet students’ academic needs—and you could be one of them. All you need is a passion for learning, the desire to help children develop the skills they need to succeed in life, and, of course, an education that includes a quality teacher licensure preparation program so you can earn your license and begin to make a difference in students’ lives.
* National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Facts: Back to School Statistics, on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=372.
† National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, What Makes a Teacher Effective?, on the Internet at www.ncate.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=JFRrmWqa1jU=.
‡ National Center for Education Statistics, Projections of Education Statistics to 2022, Section 1: Elementary and Secondary Enrollment, on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2014/2014051.pdf.