Did you know that you can pursue a career as a teacher even though you have a bachelor’s degree in a different subject? By earning a master’s degree in teaching, earning a teaching license, and perhaps rounding out your current knowledge with a few courses, you might be able to jump start your career as a teacher[i]! And, best of all, you can potentially teach what you know and love.
Teachers who earn a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than teaching often bring specialized knowledge and wisdom into the classroom. That could be you!
To further convince you of this, here are ten great reasons—inspired by the wise words of others—to earn a master’s degree in teaching:
- Dr. Seuss once wrote, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose[ii].” Perhaps he’s talking to you! You clearly have brains, and now you have a path to becoming a teacher. You don’t need another bachelor’s degree—you can instead earn a master’s degree, earn a teaching license, and be on your way!
- Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, said, “It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness[iii].” When you teach something you know and love, you’re likely to be passionate about your work. And when you’re passionate about your work, you naturally inspire and contribute to others. Students today are hungry for the wisdom and energy of inspired adults. Perhaps you can give that to them (and be happy!) through a career in teaching.
- Pablo Picasso said that “youth has no age[iv].” Indeed, youthfulness can be more a function of your inner state than your age. When you teach, your students will inspire your inner youthfulness. And you will contribute to them the wisdom and knowledge of an adult who knows and loves a subject. And, perhaps more importantly, you’ll work with our youth to invite a more positive future.
- American particle physicist Frank Oppenheimer said that “the best way to learn is to teach[v].” Through teaching, you have an opportunity to truly study your subject. You’ll essentially marry the subject you love. By engaging in a life-long commitment with your subject—one that distinctly arrives through teaching—you’ll discover nuances of its personality and character you never imagined existed. Best of all, you’ll get to share your love for this beloved partner with your students!
- Albert Einstein said, “The only source of knowledge is experience[vi].” While these words provide a similar sentiment to the adage above, they point to something different. As a teacher, you’ll engage in full-body, full-brain experiences every day. You’ll tap into aspects of your skills, knowledge, and personality once unknown to you. As you navigate the dynamic field of teaching, you’ll gain immense and unprecedented growth.
- Dr. Morris Fishbein, founding editor of Medical World News, said, “A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work[vii].” In many careers, two weeks of vacation provides not enough time to unwind, relax, and return to work infused with passion. When you teach, however, you often enjoy two to three months of vacation. As a teacher, this extended break may give you ample time to relax, reflect, and return to school, your passion ignited.
- An unknown person said, “Art is the end result of perception, wisdom, intelligence, discipline, hard work, passion, luck, accident, and coincidence[viii}.” All of these qualities are ones that you, especially as a teacher with experience in another field, will imbue in your teaching, making you an artist of education.
- According to a Japanese proverb, we take “one thousand days to learn; ten thousand days to refine[ix].” Should you take this to heart, you’ll recognize that the combination of your existing knowledge, your master’s program in education, and your time in the classroom is a powerful one. Through your education and experience, you will begin to hone a craft, the refinement of which will inspire you forever.
- Maya Angelou said, “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded[x].” Let’s face it: many careers aren’t built for expressing the care and consideration we have for one another. A teaching career provides a radical exception. Teachers must care if they are to be effective. This means that no matter your failures in the classroom (and there are often many, even for the best of teachers), you will have succeeded. That is a beautiful thing.
- A Chinese proverb says, “I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one[xi].” This one’s especially for you. You picked the subject you did in your bachelor’s program for a reason. It speaks to some part of you and longs to stick by your side. Take it along on your new adventure, and know that the core of who you are will guide your way. Your teaching will be inspired by the old subject you know and love.
So here you have it. Ten great reasons to pursue a career as a teacher who teaches what you know and love. We’ll leave you with the wise words of Vic Braden who said that “the moment of enlightenment is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities[xii].” We wish you well as you take your first steps to jump starting your career as a teacher.
[i] bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm#tab-4 | [ii] youtube.com/watch?v=NGNdWNnFSxE | [iii] huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/14/facebooks-sheryl-sandberg_n_876799.html | [iv] goodreads.com/quotes/61060-youth-has-no-age | [v] exploratorium.edu/about/history/frank | [vi] nlb.gov.sg/sure/information-is-not-knowledge/ | [vii] thinkexist.com/quotation/a_vacation_is_over_when_you_begin_to_yearn_for/169285.html | [viii] izquotes.com/quote/352956 | [ix] /izquotes.com/quote/335955 | [x] huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/28/maya-angelou-love_n_5405609.html | [xi] thinkexist.com/quotation/i_dreamed_a_thousand_new_paths---i_woke_and/10543.html | [xii] positivitytosuccess.com/vic-braden-quotes-on-dreams/