Advice for Students Seeking Careers in Elementary or Secondary Education

If you're planning a career in elementary or secondary education, consider visiting with a JCCC counselor. Counselors can help you through the process of becoming a teacher.

You'll need to first choose a school of education to transfer to.

Consider factors such as the location of the school and the drive time, tuition and other costs, the length of the teacher education program, availability of day/night classes and the length of the professional semester or two semesters (the practice teaching mode).

Remember that the closest and cheapest program may not be right for you.

Next, check the JCCC program transfer guides or with a JCCC counselor to determine which classes will transfer to the school of your choice.

Start taking classes at JCCC, possibly including EDUC 121 Intro to Teaching, to create or rebuild your college GPA. Intro to Teaching may be required at some schools and exposes you to school systems and classrooms.

Generally, schools of education require a minimum GPA.

Take the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) early in your sophomore year so you'll have time to retest if necessary.

The PPST is for Kansas. The CBASE is for Missouri.

You'll have to go through the acceptance and admissions process at the school of your choice, and it's a good idea to get an adviser there.

Note: To get into a school of education, you'll be subjected to a KBI (Kansas Bureau of Investigations) check and fingerprinting.

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Transferring? Plan ahead.