Start Here to Become a Teacher
March 21, 2019

Photo courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education

“Teaching is important, impactful work — and it’s never boring.”

“But in order to be really good, please do your research when finding the college you want to attend. Make sure it is high-quality. Make sure it will equip with the powerful teaching knowledge you’ll need. I wish I knew these things three decades ago.”

Dina Rock, 29 year veteran teacher from Cleveland, OH, in a letter to her younger self.

High school students considering different careers want to make informed decisions about what a job will be like and which path will best prepare them for that job. Unfortunately, for the teaching profession, no guide exists to help students choose the right program and learn what being a teacher is really like–until now.

Start Here to Become a Teacher is a new, first-of-its-kind guide for future teachers by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), Dan Brown, and Teach Plus. The book, available on Amazon, aims to help students become better equipped travelers on the journey to great teaching by including:

  1. Which programs will deliver the fundamental skills, like how to teach reading
  2. Where to get the highest qualities opportunities to practice teaching
  3. Wisdom from strong experienced teachers

Start Here to Become a Teacher includes practical insights to help prospective educators choose the right program for them. Using information from NCTQ’s Teacher Prep Review, the guide highlights the nation’s top programs on criteria including a rigorous admissions process, the strength of content and pedagogical courses, classroom management training, and high quality opportunities to practice teaching. Program highlights also include data on where most graduates work, tuition and typical debt, and the starting salary for teachers in the state.

Readers also get a better picture of the profession through teacher vignettes, myth-busting about what teachers really do, and data on the academic and financial realities of becoming a teacher.

In order to be ready to teach on day one, future teachers need subject knowledge, practice, and professional knowledge. Start Here to Become a Teacher provides a look at the profession from great teachers, and much-needed insights into programs that will set their graduates up for success in the classroom.


Eric Eagon

Eric is PIE Network's Senior Director, Educator Voice and Policy


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