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Want to Teach? Get Your Degree

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Have you always aspired to become a teacher? There’s no better time to turn that aspiration into reality.

President Obama recently announced his goal of recruiting 10,000 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers over the next two years. It’s part of his plan to prepare 100,000 STEM teachers over the next decade.

You want to teach. The president wants you to teach. And your community needs smart, dedicated educators to prepare the next generation of leaders. Here’s how to get started toward one of life’s most rewarding careers.

Earning your degree

Many adult learners know their career goals, but struggle with the “how” and “when.” Earning a teaching degree may seem impossible with life, family and work responsibilities. Online learning could be the answer for you. Today’s asynchronous learning environment allows you to choose when to login for class. For some students, that’s 9 p.m. in their home office, when they’re able to shift focus from work and family. Others study at work during a lunch break.

The online classroom and course syllabus helps direct your learning. Your professor posts reading requirements, assignments, deadlines, exams and more. You also participate in online discussions with fellow students.

Online learning has many other advantages. For example, you can choose a university based on the quality of its program and faculty, not just because it’s nearby.

Online student story

Russ Raffay is both teacher and student. He teaches high school history and hopes to transition to administration. Raffay is pursuing his Master’s of Education in Administration and Supervision from American Military University, part of the American Public University System.

He needed a university with affordable tuition — and one that was also regionally accredited. More practically, an online learning university saves him the fuel costs of traveling to a traditional college — more than $100 a month.

“AMU has the best tuition around and the faculty is top-notch,” Raffay says.

The right choice

It’s important to make the right choice when choosing an online degree program. A wrong turn can cost you time, money and the knowledge essential for success. Check out these resources to better understand what online learning is, whether it’s right for you, and how to make it all work.

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– By Online Learning Tips Staff

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