English Teacher Qualifications
The qualification requirements for English teachers vary somewhat from state to state, but a bachelors degree is the minimum educational requirement for teaching English in public schools. A bachelors degree is also the basic requirement for teaching English abroad, English as a Second Language (ESL). Most private schools also require a bachelors degree. Most elementary English teachers earn a degree in elementary education, possibly with a minor in English. Elementary education degree programs typically focus on human development and child psychology. Teachers interesting in pursuing English should also take courses in literature and language arts. All public schools require English teachers to be licensed. Licensure will generally test a teacher's knowledge of reading and writing and include a period of supervised teaching experience. States often require the completion of continuing education courses in order to maintain licensure. If you're interested in teaching English abroad you may be required to hold a TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, or DELTA certification.
English teachers must, of course, have a solid grasp of the English language and a breadth of knowledge about literature. Teachers generally have a great passion for reading and writing. Like any other teacher, you should have very good organizational and communication skills. Successful teachers are generally dedicated, compassionate, and patient.
Supervised teaching experience is a required qualification in most states before applying for licensure as a professional English teacher. Colleges often have relationships with local school in order to arrange your supervised teaching experience. As a student teacher you gain valuable experience in tasks such as instructions, preparing lesson plans, and grading assignments.
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