September 17, 2014
You are right, in that finding the best certification to fit your needs can be a difficult choice. You stated that you “have been to all of the different grade levels.” Does this mean that you have observed, participated as an assistant, or as a parent? Each of these allow for different perspectives. You may want to start by becoming a substitute teacher so that you can experience “the life” of a teacher first hand (elementary, secondary, sp ed, etc.). It can be an eye-opener. Also, try different school districts, you will find that their pupil and classroom management policies differ extensively. Then you need to find a university in your region that offers that credential.
How do I know which certification is the best fit for me? I have been to all of the different grade levels; now kindergarten is a separate certification; early chlldhood (K-3), elementary education (1-8), secondary (7-12), and special education (K-12). Its just too hard! None of the classes convey between the certifications either, so you really have to know which way to go. Does anyone have any advice to offer me? This is quite frustrating.
How do I know which teacher certification to go after? I love the little children because they are still excited about school. I enjoy science, math, and reading; I do not think that I would enjoy secondary because of the attitudes and having to teach the same subject every day and all day long. Special education appears to be a lot of burn out. Does any teacher have advice for me and how to proceed?