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Becoming an Elementary Education Teacher

Becoming an Elementary Education Teacher

Thu Nov 12, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Becoming and Elementary Education Teacher

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a teacher, you may have wondered about what it really takes to make it in the profession. And before enrolling in a program, you want to be sure that it’s what you want to do.

Outreach and Program Services, the School of Education and Human Services extended education unit, understands that countless people have this curiosity and created a seminar to address this very common concern.

The Career Seminar: Become an Elementary (K-8) Education Teacher is hosted in collaboration with OU-Macomb to inform individuals about the elementary education teacher career. On October 28, many people came out to take part in the Career Seminar, which took place at the Macomb University Center in Clinton Township.

Participants included high school students, individuals with some college, and career changers. From the very beginning, participants were invited to share their ideas around career motivation, and their beliefs on what skills an elementary school teacher has to have. Kaarin Averill, OU adjunct professor and retired Bloomfield Hills middle school principal, led a panel of practicing teachers and administrators from the Chippewa Valley and Roseville school districts, and Oakland University (OU); discussing key topics such as “a day in the life of an elementary (K-8) school teacher,” “education requirements and qualifications,” and “salary and career outlook.”

Dr. Bob Wiggins, professor and Department Chair for OU’s Teacher Development and Educational Studies Department, ended the program with a comprehensive presentation on “Becoming an Elementary Education Teacher.” In this segment, Dr. Wiggins highlighted the teacher preparation pathway: state teaching certificate, endorsements, professional readiness exams, student teaching, and employment prospects. He also described the benefits of embarking on the teaching career in one of OU’s elementary education degree programs—faculty who have K-12 experience, field placements every semester in classrooms that have student diversity, and the opportunity to take a class on-site in one of OU’s partner K-12 schools.

Participants attending the seminar leave with a better understanding of the elementary education teacher and can take the next steps on the path toward a teaching career; an advising appointment.

For more information on the Career Seminar: Become an Elementary (K8) Education Teacher, click here or contact Sherry Quinn at sequinn@oakland.edu.

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