Why Get Certified as a Teacher?
Not sure whether you want to become a teacher? Here are just a few of the many reasons you should consider becoming a change-maker in education.
Be an Inspiration:
Teachers are inspiring people. Sure, they may grade a lot of papers, but they also change lives. While not always immediately obvious or rewarding, the craft of teaching has a long history of cultivating change-makers. Be a change-maker — be a teacher.
Address the Dropout Crisis:
As a teacher, you can become a major part of intervention strategies in middle and high school such as
personal academic plans, teaching teams, parent involvement, mentoring, intensive reading and math instruction, and extended learning time. You can make a difference and help ensure that every student who is willing to persist has a chance to graduate.
Address the Teacher Shortage Crisis:
As a country we are facing an enormous shortage of teachers. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, more teachers are expected to retire between 2010 and 2020 than any decade of the past sixty years, over 270,000 K-12 teachers must be hired this year simply to replace those who have retired or left the profession. Between now and 2020, somewhere between 2.9 and 5.1 million new teachers will be need to be hired.
Expand High-Quality After-school Opportunities:
Serve students by hosting and collaborating in after-school opportunities that help students build skills, participate in projects, contribute to their communities and, ultimately, impact their world. Students are much more than their test scores — you can help prove it.
Support College Outreach Programs:
Work with your local school system to support outreach programs like GEAR UP, TRIO and Upward Bound to encourage more young people from low-income families to consider and prepare for college.
Make College A Reality:
Teach students and help them graduate to AP or college-level classes. Encourage great learning that makes scholarships attainable, academics enjoyable, and college a reality.
Support English Language Learners:
Work with transitional bilingual education and assist Limited English Proficient students complete school and become functioning members of society. ESL Teachers are needed!
Improve and expand math and science education:
Our students are falling woefully behind in math and science. Become a teacher in one of these high need areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – STEM) and work to ensure that all children, at all grade levels, have access to a strong math and science curriculum.
And if you’re still not convinced, let the words of the great scholars help explain the importance of teachers:
“Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.”
— John Dewey
“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.”
— Patricia Neal
“Remember that our nation’s first great leaders were also our first great scholars.”
— John F. Kennedy
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
— Nelson Mandela
“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”
— Maria Montessori
“I believe that education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform.”
— John Dewey
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”
— Marian Wright Edelman
“Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
— Roger Lewin
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
— Henry B. Adams
“To teach is to learn twice.”
— Joseph Joubert
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”
— B. B. King
“The [person] who can make hard things easy is the educator.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
— William Butler Yeates