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Caroline Lee

To figure out your major, I highly recommend that you speak to the academic advisers (they help you regarding your major, classes & academic choices) at your chosen university. Definitely speak to more than one of them to get multiple perspectives. Many students fall into the trap of thinking they need to stick with just one specific academic adviser, but this is not the case.

I just graduated from college and have several friends who aim to become teachers. What major you take on in college largely depends on the age of students you want to teach and what university you end up going to.

My elementary school teacher friend was an interdisciplinary studies major, which is basically the "we don't have your exact major, but we'll help match classes to your career interests" miscellaneous major at my alma mater. An elementary school teacher normally teaches a variety of subjects so something as broad as being an interdisciplinary major is good. Though this largely depends on your university, since some universities actually have a specific major dedicated just to elementary education.

If you want to be a middle school/high school teacher, major in what you plan on teaching (ex: my bio major friend wants to teach bio). I agree with the advice of the people who answered before me. Really try to find the subject you're passionate about and major in that. A good way to tell if you're passionate about a subject is whether or not you spontaneously go on long, geeky rants with your friends about the subject. If you have a true interest in a subject, I find that it naturally shows up in your life over and over.

If you want to be a university teacher (professor) you still major in the subject you want to teach. And you would need a PhD on your subject. Though several of my university professors only have masters degrees and are still allowed to teach because a.) They are on their way to obtaining a PhD or b.) They have tons of fabulous experience in their field that gives them the credentials to teach their subject.

If you have a broad interest in a subject like history, I recommend being a middle/high school teacher. But if you have a specific, specialized interest in an area, let's say Native American history, I recommend teaching at the university level. In the Native American history interest example, let's say your university doesn't offer your major in that specialized subject, you would still major in history but would try to find opportunities to focus on your specialized subject such as independent study courses (you design your own class under the guidance of a professor you choose) and internship classes.

Don't worry too much on picking the perfect major for your teaching career right now. It's common to change majors to find the right fit early on in college.

Best of luck!

Answered 2 years ago

Caroline Lee
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Pamela Galus

Not a problem -- just get started. Many of the degrees require entry level classes in English, math and others to start. I was two years in to my degree before making a final decision. Once you start college, you will meet other people and converse about the possibilities. Of course, you can also observe in schools and/or volunteer to get a better idea of what might interest you.

Answered 11 months ago

Pamela Galus
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Elisa Reynoso

You should ask yourself the following questions:

1) What subjects are the most interesting to you?
2) What subjects are you best at?
3) What do you feel passionately about?

Being a teacher is a great career. From my experience, if one goes into elementary (Known as "K-8") teaching, you will have an opportunity to student teach. Many times, new teachers are placed in Kinder classes or where the greatest need lies. Keep in mind also that schools will place a new teacher based on their expertise or endorsements. If you major in elementary education with special endorsements for ESL (English as a Second Language), which is very useful in today's culture, it is my belief that you will have far more options as to which grades you will teach.

I hope this helps!

Answered 3 years ago

Elisa Reynoso
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Khine

Ask yourself: when you go to the library or download books, which genre and topic/field do you typically find yourself doing? Mainly focus on what you instinctively do with your spare time or which topics do you focus on in your intellectual conversations. I hope this helps!

Answered 3 years ago

Khine