A few months ago I got this email from a reader and I promised I would get back to them.
Here was the question:
Hi, I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I want to say that I really appreciate your posts. I do not remember how I came across your blog exactly, but it has really helped me validate and consolidate some of my long-held thoughts and observations. I’m 22 years old and I will be starting college soon. I’m going to be studying education, but I’m concerned about that choice of major. I am wondering if I should study something else that might hold up better in the long-run as teaching is actually my fallback plan. I want to utilize an associates degree in education to teach English abroad. However, it is not a requirement to have a degree in education to teach English abroad. One can have a degree in nearly anything and be qualified to teach English abroad, as long as one gets certified to teach English as a foreign language. So, I am debating whether or not I should get an education degree or study something else that will prove to be more beneficial. What are your thoughts on the current or future value of a degree in education?
First off I just wanted to apologize as this response was so very long in coming, unfortunately there were many things I simply couldn’t put off. But here is what I think. I agree that it’s a good idea to major in something that isn’t education. Like you said it smart to have a degree that isn’t education as it isn’t required to be a teacher. I know from experience as my mother is teacher and she majored in a foreign language although she still got a teaching credential. At the moment she does not teach the foreign language so I know it’s definitely not necessary as you mentioned.
I think you’re being very smart by looking towards something that can hold up in the long run just in case teaching doesn’t work out. I don’t know if you have any interest in sciences or medicine or nursing? I can’t speak on the value of having a degree in education but I wills say that it seems a bit redundant to have a degree in a field that you don’t need to become a teacher. Especially when it is your fall back. I believe that your plan is very well thought out and it can never hurt to keep your options open.
To all other readers please leave your thoughts below if you agree or disagree as I believe that having more than one perspective can really help. I might be totally off the mark or have missed a key piece of information.
Until Next time,