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What it’s like to be an Elementary Education Major

Do you have a passion for children or enjoy teaching others? Have you ever thought about becoming a teacher? If you answered yes then I strongly advise you take the remarkable risk. Certainly it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but I can guarantee you will be able to see the impact you’ve made on your students one day.

Minnesota State University, Mankato requires 21 general classes before being admitted into the major. Some of the general classes are Physics, Biology, Geology, Composition and Theater. All of the classes are designed to meet the goal areas set by the university standards. During the last semester of taking these generals I applied for Professional Education (which includes having a national background check, paying for liability insurance to have during field experience and taking the NES test, which is the teacher licensure test), which I need to get into my program. I am happy to announce that I have been accepted into the Elementary Education Program. While applying to all of this was very stressful, I stayed positive. However, if I didn’t get in I had no back up plan. I would be forced to take an extra semester before applying to the program again the following semester.

While the general classes can seem stressful and time consuming in the beginning, they are only there to prepare you for the future classes. The application process into the major at your university may seem intimidating, but that’s okay! All that means is that the university you go to is serious about the education major.

After hours of writing papers, hundreds of cups of coffee and group projects, you will be graduating college and on to your own classroom. There, you will be given the opportunity to teach young minds. I hope for you that your students will love you want all your attention. Becoming a teacher does take hard work and determination. But once you see students learning from your lessons and enjoying school all that work you put in will be worth it.

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