Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Defining �Higher Education Career�

Also known as secondary education, a �higher education career� defines the teaching of children and adults.

Beginning in 6th or 7th grade, a higher education career revolves around children in their early teens on up through vocational or technical school, junior college, college and university.

Folks working in a higher education career, often spend as much time advancing their own studies as teaching others.

Degrees Available For Those Seeking A Higher Education Career:

* Masters in Education � Middle Level (grades 5-8)
* MEd � Masters of Education in Secondary Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
* Masters of Education in Leadership (necessary if your dream is to become a principal or school administrator)
* Masters of Arts in Education, Administration and Supervision � Necessary for those aspiring to become principals and/or superintendents of schools and/or school districts
* Doctorate or PhD � Highest level of education attainable, a PhD is sometimes required for those teaching on the college level.

Special Skills Needed To Work In A Higher Education Career:

Depending on which grade level you are teaching, those in a higher education career need skills that are age appropriate to their students. For example, someone teaching children ages 13 � 18 will need special communication skills, counseling ability, a knack for making subjects challenging as well as fun and interesting as well as educational. Here is a basic list of personal and professional talents needed to succeed in a higher education career.

* Patience � You are teaching youngsters whose personalities are emerging from childhood to fledgling adults.
* Passion � If you�re not passionate about your subject(s) as well as the students you teach, then you�re less likely to make an impact on your students.
* Compassion (counseling abilities) � Adolescent years are the most difficult for teens as well as their parents. This is a time when an otherwise docile child might become unruly and rebellious. As a teacher, you may be called upon to help them sort out their emotions and work through �what for them are- traumatic situations.
* Imagination � The world in which we live is a constant challenge to someone in a higher education career. How can you make subjects like World History, Civics and Literature exciting for someone who spends much of their time in front of a television or playing video games? Having a good imagination helps!
* Strong sense of values � You are helping to shape future generations.

Although we�re talking mostly about working with teenagers here, those who teach adults should strive to maintain some if not all of these special skills. Though adults don�t usually face the same challenges as teenagers, it�s still nice to know that a college professor can laugh and smile and make learning fun.

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