School teachers provide the essential instruction that kindergartners to high school seniors need to be successful in life.  Teachers play a critical role in transforming children into productive adults, whether teaching a 5-year-old to add single-digit numbers or delivering a lecture on supply and demand to an economics class filled with 18-year-olds. A career teaching school may be for you in case you want to impact the lives of children and would enjoy having summers off. The selection process for teachers varies by school district. The hiring process may include phone interviews, one-on-one interviews with a principal or assistant principal, panel interviews and teaching demonstrations. The ultimate hiring authority for teachers is usually the principal of the school where the open position resides. Applicants who receive job offers accept by signing an employment contract. The contract term can be as little as one academic year or as long as several years. All US states require public school teachers to have a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license. Teachers in private schools do not have to meet these requirements. Many teachers have education degrees; however, a specific field of study is not required. 

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While they were completing their undergraduate degree, this works out nicely for those that did not know they wanted to be teachers.  Licensing tests measure their subject matter knowledge and classroom management skills to ensure that teachers know the subject matter they intend to teach. Alternative certification programs prepare potential teachers for the licensing tests for people without education degrees. As part of their degree program those who come to teaching with an education degree complete student teaching. A student teacher shadows a teacher and performs various teaching tasks under the guidance of that teacher. Those without an education degree are unlikely to have student teaching experience. School teachers facilitate learning in the most basic scene. Sounds simple, but it isn’t. Teachers must prepare lesson plans with specific learning objectives and an outline of how those objectives will be achieved. They must mitigate discipline problems while they execute the plan. And there is no guarantee that students will succeed in accomplishing the plan’s learning objectives even in case they skillfully execute a top-notch plan. They leave the execution of the plan to substitute teachers when teachers have planned or unplanned absences from school. The often to no accomplish the learning objectives because substitutes may be unfamiliar with the subject matter and often experience more discipline problems than the teacher while many substitutes are skilled at what they do. Discipline problems are a major source of frustration for teachers. Teachers are in for a rough time in case parents do not discipline their children at home.  A teacher can only do so much to mitigate discipline problems if parents are unwilling to partner with the teacher to impact a disruptive student’s behavioral change. Elementary school teachers generally teach one set of students all their curriculum for an entire year with  the exception of fine arts and physical education.