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Utah Teaching Education Degrees

Teaching Education Degrees: Utah Career Colleges

Career College: Utah Education and Teaching Programs

Looking for accredited career colleges, technical schools, and universities in Utah offering Education and Teaching degrees. Teaching is a great career and most teachers agree that it was a wonderful job choice.

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Utah Career Colleges: Education and Teaching Degrees

Certificate programs in education

Teachers play an important role in the development of children and can become a mentor in many meaningful ways. If you want to make an impact on a child's life and help them develop interests as well as progress in their knowledge, then pursue a teaching certificate and start your future right.

How to become a teacher

To obtain teaching certification, you must:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree
  2. Complete a teaching certificate program from an accredited college
  3. Pass state tests for state licensure
  4. Apply for certification within your state

Most courses at colleges take four years to complete. A bachelor's degree in education offers general liberal arts studies as well as career-specific material. In addition to your teaching education courses, you will be required to do student teaching. Certificate coursework in education readies you for the knowledge and skills that are essential to become a successful teacher:

  • Classroom management techniques
  • Content knowledge in area of expertise
  • Pedagogy, the art of teaching that guides you to teach effectively

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council accredits certificate programs in teaching. Usually the State Board of Education or a licensure advisory committee grants education licenses.

Prospects after receiving your teaching certificate

If you are interested in enrolling in teaching certificate education programs, you'll be well on your way to a challenging and rewarding career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary teachers is expected to increase by 13 percent, 2008-2018. In 2010, the mean annual wage for elementary teachers working the U.S. was $54,360; secondary teachers earned $56,050 by comparison. The top paying areas for elementary teachers were Alaska, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia.

Author: Heather Bieber

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