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High School Student Planning a Teaching Career

If you are thinking about a future teaching career, there are many things you can and should do while you are in high school. A well-researched plan now can save you time and money.
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Gain experience and learn what teaching is like by volunteering in classrooms for different grades, tutoring or mentoring students. Check out service learning activities. Volunteer with local education foundations.
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Talk with a counselor to make sure you take the courses that will help you attend the college of your choice. Make your Education plan.
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Decide what type of teachingIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site interests you so you can find the right teacher preparation program.
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Take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the exams to test out of certain college courses.
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Take community college courses while still in high school. Look for local dual enrollment programs between your high school and community college. Use your time wisely and save money.
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Take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).
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Take the ACT, SAT, and college placement tests.
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Research California Community College teacher preparation programsIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site, other colleges, scholarships, and teacher preparation programs, including blended or integrated programs that allow you to complete your baccalaureate degree as part of teacher preparation.
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Make a list of colleges you might like to attend and see if they have financial aid or support programs that can help you become a teacher.
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Get and complete applications from the colleges you are interested in attending. Be sure to meet the deadlines which are often prior to the end of November for the next Fall semester.
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Apply for financial aid for college between January and March for the next Fall semester.

Choosing a career can be complicated. The Young Person Web page provides resources and information that can help.
Learn more about the teacher shortage areas. This might improve your employability.

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