Education Degrees

Education courses prepare students to educate others in the public school system and elsewhere. Students pursuing a degree in education will take courses in child development, special education, elementary and secondary education, classes on how to teach their specific subject of interest (i.e.- music education, Spanish education, physical education, etc.), and general education classes. In addition to attending lecture style classes, education students are required to complete a certain number of hours of classroom observation followed by a required number of weeks of student teaching. During the student teaching phase, education students take over a classroom in an operational school and run it as if it were their own. Unfortunately, students are not compensated for student teaching.

Once a student earns a Bachelor’s Degree in education, they are eligible to take the state-issued examinations required for teachers. Each state has different scoring requirements regarding what constitutes a “pass” on each of these exams. Exams usually given in a series and may include testing on general education topics, diversity issues, educational theory and specific knowledge in the prospective educator’s subject of expertise. Some states will issue a provisional teaching license to students pursuing an education degree which allows them to work in high need, usually inner city, school districts for a restricted time period while they complete their degree.