How do you find the best college or university if you want to become a teacher?

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Are you looking for a college or university that can help prepare you for this career? Well, I have a few tips that will make your search a lot easier. These tips will start now. (Music) Hello everyone! My name is Megan Bunty. I am an Instructional Instructor at City Hill Middle School in Naugatuck, Connecticut. I’ve actually been in the teaching field for seven years now.

I started as a language arts teacher in the seventh grade and just started a new role as an instructional coach. I am really happy to share with you some of my experiences and some tips that I think will really help you when considering a college or university to prepare you as a teacher.

Being an 18-year-old, it’s hard to say what the rest of your life will look like. So when I got into college, I started majoring in myself but decided I wasn’t really excited about work. Instead, I knew I was really fascinated by the process of learning and helping people understand new things and gain new learning and that’s why I decided to go into teaching.

So if you are interested in a teaching profession. Here are some tips that I think will help you decide which college or university is right for you. First of all, you need to know yourself as a learner and think about your needs. Me, I know that I am a very dedicated person. I am dedicated to my studies and wanted to be dedicated to my career.

So I looked for a school that was really flexible. I chose Quinnipiac University because its programs are very easy to use and flexible for me as a student. You have already been able to start taking classes at the graduate level and finish your master’s degree one year after graduating with a bachelor’s. This has really helped me to focus on my career in the first year of teaching and when you have a lot of work as a teacher in the first year you really need all the time that you can hone your profession.

Another tip I would like to give you is to think about class sizes. For me, I really wanted to work with like-minded students who are really passionate about the field of education and have this collaborative teamwork. Quinnipiac University has smaller class sizes.

They actually use a group form which means you are in a class of 20-25 students. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your classmates and also get to know your professors as well. This also leads me to my next point. I think it is very important that you research the school you are considering going to and the professors who work there.

Quinnipiac has professors who are still in the field or recently retired, so their experience has been very valuable to me as a learner. I was able to put the theory we were learning about and ask them questions in terms of their practice. And they would share with us their experiences, what is happening in this area today. One last piece of advice I would like to give you is to think about the experiences that are in each program. So while you are researching the school online and the programming they have.

Consider what the students are doing there. At Quinnipiac, I was able to have multiple experiences that really continued to shape my passion for education and taught me quite a bit about my teaching philosophy, management style, and my ideas and creativity in the classroom. One of the experiences you have at Quinnipiac is being able to do some fieldwork in different places.

So I was able to work in urban and suburban areas, as well as at the elementary and upper-grade levels. And it really helped me define where I saw myself. I also did an internship and student tutoring which was applying a lot of the learning I was taking at Quinnipiac in front of a group of students and seeing what worked and what didn’t.

So if you are not sure where you want to teach or what grade level you want to teach; I would highly suggest considering a dual degree program. It is really cost-effective because you are only able to attend one extra semester and get two different degrees, and two different certificates.

The thing that was really helpful for me at Quinnipiac University College of Education was that the professors had study sessions that would help us sit down and prepare for these exams. So, no matter which tutorial you choose, make sure it’s the one that supports you.

To hear another perspective on teaching, watch this video because teachers sharing their experiences make us all better teachers. And hey if you have any experiences or questions, please put them in the comments below. Thank you very much for your reading!