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How Can You Find Out what Teaching is Really Like?

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Sometimes you have to actually try doing something to find out if you like it. See if one of your teachers will let you help out as a teaching assistant or look into volunteering with a tutoring program. You can also join a Future Teachers Club or a service learning program that might include tutoring activities.

Identify some steps you can take during high school to see if teaching is for you. Here's a printable checklist to help you get started.

If you have an AA degree, look into becoming a paraeducatorIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

If you have a bachelor's degree, substitute teaching is a great way to get some experience in the classroom without having to complete all the requirements for a credential. Learn how to obtain a substitute teaching permitIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site.

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