How Do I Choose a Teaching Specialty?

If you’re considering choosing a teaching specialty, the decision can be daunting, especially if you’re wavering between several options. There are some things you can consider that can help make the decision a little easier for you so you’ll be happier and more productive in the long run.

First of all, determine what your long term goals and ambitions are for your career. Do you love working with young children? Do you get additional satisfaction from helping students with special needs? Following your passion can be the easiest and often the most rewarding way to choose a specialty within your field.

If you’re not sure what specialty you should choose, whether you’re struggling between more than one, or you simply don’t know enough about individual specialties to choose one, try volunteering for programs that fall into specialties you may be interested in. This can give you the experience and insight into each that can help you make an informed decision. As an added bonus, you‘ll have some previous experience to put on a resume when applying for jobs and student teaching positions.

If you don’t have the time or the opportunity to try out different specializations, your advisors and professors can also be a great resource for information and assistance in choosing a program of study. Don’t hesitate to ask your teachers or school advisors for their opinions on what specialty you’d be best suited for, or even which are in the highest demand. You will have a chance to learn from their personal experience and expertise in the field, which can be a great help in choosing a specialty.

If you want to explore several different specialties, you may be able to take a few elective classes from your college or university. This will help you get some insight into what each specialty will require and the subtleties of each field of study. Plus, if you do end up choosing a specialty that you’ve already taken classes for, you’ll have a head start.

Finally, you may get some insight on choosing a specialty from professional organizations and publications which give advice and reviews of the field in general. You may find that certain fields desperately need teachers while others are oversaturated and may prove incredibly difficult to find employment in after graduation. Checking out resources geared towards teachers can be an easy way to get informed without taking up too much of your time.

No matter what you end up choosing, avoid making assumptions about particular fields and make sure you get a well-balanced impression of whatever you’re considering specializing in. The more educated you are about the topic, the better informed decision you’ll be able to make. If you’ve approached making the decision openly, honestly and considered the pros and cons, of each specialty you can be sure that your decision will be the best one for you.

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