Continuing Teacher Education
Benefits of Continuing Teacher Education
Nearly every state requires teachers to complete a certain amount of continuing education in order to maintain their license. Beyond this mandatory aspect, continuing teacher education has the potential to help advance your career prospects and increase your salary. These new career opportunities may include becoming a school librarian, administrator, or instructional coordinator. Or you can take courses that enable you to move into a more in-demand field such as math, science, or foreign language, where you may be able to earn more. Highly qualified teachers in all areas can also often command greater salaries.
Some continuing teacher education courses include:
Optional Certification for Continuing Teacher Education
- English as a Second Language
- Internet for educators
- Preventing school violence
- Special Education
- Spanish for educators
- Technology in the classroom
Any teacher can choose to receive voluntary national certification, which requires you to prove your aptitude and pass a written assessment and evaluation. This certification can earn you special benefits such as a higher salary, reimbursement for further continuing education, and certification fees. It can also facilitate moving from one state to another without applying for a new license.
It's easy to forget the basics and develop bad habits over time, but continuing teacher education helps keep you on track. In addition, technology changes rapidly, becoming almost obsolete within a few years of its release. A lot of continuing education courses help teachers incorporate the latest technology into their instruction along with training on how to teach technology to students.
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