While most states require teachers to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited education program, they also recognize that some of the best educators come to the profession after a career in another field. Therefore, many universities offer education master's degree programs that allow prospective teachers with a business background to earn a master's and teaching certification at the same time.
Without a Bachelor's Degree
People can enter the business world in many different ways. Some entry-level positions only require a high school diploma or an associate degree. Pursuing a master's in education in these situations requires first earning a bachelor's degree. Prospective teachers would need to take a variety of education courses to give them the background knowledge necessary to succeed in a master's in education program.
With a Bachelor's Degree
The path for an education master's candidate with a bachelor’s degree in a business field depends on their prospective area of interest. If they wish to pursue a master's in education with elementary certification, they will need subject-specific courses like math, history and reading before turning their attention to education coursework. However, if they have a business degree and want to teach high school accounting or finance, they may have enough core classes on their transcript and can immediately focus on classes in educational theory and practice.
Almost every state requires prospective teachers to complete an internship program. Business candidates seeking a master's degree will need to complete this internship as part of the certification process. The program pairs student teachers with certified teachers for a period of 6 months to a year. After a brief observation period, the teacher candidate takes over the classroom duties, working with students and interacting with parents and administrators. The certified teacher offers advice and feedback in order to ensure that the prospective teacher gets real-world experience and guidance on the most effective classroom practices.
Almost all states require teachers to take a certification exam, like The Praxis Series test. Prospective educators with a business background need to pass a subject-specific test in their certification area, the area in which they want to teach. Next, they will need to earn a passing score on an educational theory and practice test. The minimum score needed to pass varies from state to state, and can usually be found on the state’s department of education website.
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