How to Become an Earth Science Teacher

A person who is interested in becoming an earth science teacher is often a teacher who will teach students in middle or high school. These teachers have specialized knowledge in different subjects and topics in earth sciences such as geology, meteorology, and oceanography. In some cases, these topics are taught all in the same course giving students a general understanding of all them, while there are some classes that will focus specifically on a certain topic. If you are interested in becoming an earth science teacher, there are certain requirements you will need to fulfill.
Be passionate about the subject you teach. It’s important that teachers be passionate about the subject they are teaching about. Students don’t want to learn from someone who doesn’t care about the topic. So if you are someone who has always loved science and math classes then this is a benefit. Besides being passionate about science and math, you also need to be well versed and need to have done well in those classes.
Fulfil your education requirements. All teachers will need to have a bachelor’s degree in the specific subject. Since earth science is a large and board subject, in college you can select a specific area to specialize in. However if you do want teach in middle or high school, it is ideal for you to choose a major that secondary schools pay the most attention to. After fulfilling your bachelor’s degree you will also need to take a teacher’s education program to become certified as a teacher. In some cases, it is also required that you fulfill and obtain your master’s degree within a certain timeframe as well. As a graduate student, you will have more advanced knowledge of the topic you plan to teach.
Understand that you will need patience and understanding when it comes to teaching students. Since you are teaching large groups of students, you will need to be empathic and patient when it comes to teaching. Some students will not be able to grasp the subject as easily as others and while it can be frustrating at times, it will be just as rewarding when the student finally understand the concept you are trying to teach.
There is a bit of time and effort that goes into becoming an earth science teacher. However once you complete all the necessary requirements you will be able to flourish in the career of your dreams.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes251051.htm
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/25-1051.00

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