Making the Grade | 3 Teaching Colleges To Consider
In today’s job market, it’s important to pursue a career that fits your passions, your personality and your financial expectations. While many are competing for management positions in large corporations, USNews.com says becoming a high school teacher has become a fairly popular career; especially if you relate well with teens and are hoping to enter a union position in the social services sector of the workforce. The average salary for a high-school teacher is over $54,000 and you have the benefit of having the summer to yourself.
Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says schools are planning on adding close to 72,000 positions before 2020, the teaching industry is still competitive. Education Portal, a site dedicated to reviewing colleges and universities in the U.S., recently listed Arizona State University, Boston College and Columbia University as having the best teaching programs. Here is more on each area:
Known for its specialized ESL program for Elementary Teacher education students, Arizona State University‘s (ASU) campus is a lovely location, known for its desert hiking trails and warm dry weather. Although the cities’ Lightrail station is near the ASU campus, if you want to get around the city of Phoenix with ease, especially during the extremely hot summer weather, which can get close to 120 degrees, you will want to look into purchasing an affordable used car. Some dealerships, offer monthly payment plans that are tailored to your personal budget. So even if you aren’t making a teacher’s wages in the beginning, you can still get to class, your internship and anywhere else in Phoenix in a high performance car that meets your needs.
For students who are fond of the colder weather, Boston College offers special prep classes for teachers who will be entering a more urban teaching atmosphere. The capital of the commonwealth state of Massachusetts, Boston is so student friendly that their site even has a special page, Boston 101, dedicated to informing visiting college students of Boston’s real estate, job market, garbage pick up dates, voting polls, recycling pick-up dates and other citywide cultural events.
New York City
Columbia University ranked number two in 2011, among all other elementary teacher education programs, according to U.S. News’ survey. New York City is the most populated city in the U.S., which means it ranks high in offering teaching opportunities, since teaching is a career that is in more demand in cities that have a larger population. This city also has the most affordable and sustainable public transportation system in the U.S., which is a plus for any college student, who wants to get around without having to own a car. However, biggest draw back to living New York City is probably the high cost of living and renting living space in this city that never sleeps.
Pursuing a career in teaching begins when you browse through the best schools and reach an informed decision on which one is best for you. Whether you choose to live in the desert, suburbs or city, the opportunities you attain through your education will benefit you and help you to qualify for the better paying positions that are becoming available in the growing public education sector.