The term “specialized teacher” has a definition that’s difficult to pin down. Teachers today can specialize in so many areas and directions that it’s nearly impossible to say what a specialized teacher is. Add to the term the word “education” and we deepen our dilemma. “Specialized teacher education” can refer to many different things, all depending on the context.
Within the context of this article, we’re going to use a particular definition of the term “specialized teacher education.” For now, it refers to the educational curriculum particularly useful to prospective teachers with a bachelor’s degree in something other than teaching. In other words, specialized teacher education is for professionals with bachelor’s degrees in subjects like math, art, literature, athletic training, or the natural or social sciences who want to transition their careers to teaching.
Now let’s assume that the term “specialized teacher education” applies to you. You’ve got the itch to become a teacher, but your education and career have taken you down a different path. Thankfully, teaching opportunities exist for professionals like you.
So how do you begin your transition to teaching? Here are some Teaching Education Fast Facts to give you some ideas:
As you can see, there are many options for you to begin work as a specialized subject area teacher. By embracing your current knowledge and learning how to effectively teach, you can become an educator with a unique and distinct perspective. This will provide students with a fresh opportunity to study a subject you know and love. Perhaps they will come to know and love it too!