Teaching / Education Programs

Teachers' education paths are shaped by their choice of specialty, teaching subject and institution. However, all teachers - from the elementary to post-secondary level - must have a college degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). They also may need to pass tests of their proficiency in writing and reading. Some students may opt to enroll in a bachelor's in education program to qualify to teach in certain schools. While independent school instructors just need a bachelor's degree in their specialty, training for public school teachers is a shade more complicated. The BLS notes that these professionals need a state license and certification from an accredited teaching program in addition to their bachelor's. Many states require that public school teachers acquire a master's degree in education (M.Ed) for license renewal, the BLS adds. A M.Ed helps train teachers further for classroom teaching through courses in psychology, educational methodologies and sociology. This degree can help a teacher advance into counseling, higher education and administrative roles. M.Ed graduates may become principals, deans, professional counselors and, with a doctorate degree, university faculty and researchers, according to the BLS site.