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How Can I Become a Teacher?

I joined the military right after high school, and after much deliberation with my fiancé, I've decided I want to get a teaching degree. I've always wanted to help people, and originally wanted to be a firefighter, but with my hating the "city life" I want to live outside of town, which is very hard to do if you're a firefighter. I've wanted to teach all my life, but I don't know how to go about being a teacher. I know what a teacher's life is, my grandmother and mother are both teachers. Please Help.
First of all, I want to congratulate you for reaching out and contacting us. I'm confident that we can serve your intention to get a teaching degree. I'm not clear whether or not you're working right now and if you're located in the place you'd like to eventually be teaching (teaching credentials are usually awarded by the State Board of Education and in many cases recognized across State lines with some coursework and-or professional development courses required). In any case, the truth is that there's a deficit of teachers at this time in most parts of the country. Although you will be required to have a teaching credential to access the best benefits and positions in the profession, you can possibly get a teaching job if you have an undergraduate degree in the field you're interested in teaching in. Do you have a preference for age group or subject area? How do you see yourself in the profession 5, 10 and even 15 years from now? Depending on your vision, you'll want to make the appropriate investment in time, talent and treasure (otherwise known as money). If you don't have an undergraduate degree, my suggestion is to approach your local school district, and ask for the minimal requirements for a teaching position or an assistant teaching position, and the names of the local colleges and universities that provide the coursework you need. In most cases, you need to complete a 4-year degree program to be considered for state certification. Please consider some of the schools listed on as possible resources.