Find the Right Preparation Program in Three Steps
Step Two: Think about all the factors impacting the decision
Selecting the right teacher preparation program for you is critical. Spend time in analyzing all the relevant information along with the cost and location of the program.
Type of Program Offered
- Consider this: Not all colleges and universities offer all the types of programs. Do you have experience teaching? Do you need to work while enrolled in a teacher preparation program?
- Tip: If you are a high school student and know you want to become a teacher, consider enrolling in a blended program.
If you need to make money while becoming a teacher, or you can handle the pressure of being a student and teaching at the same time, look into alternative/intern programs.
If you have no teaching experience, you might want to enroll in a traditional program (Post-baccalaureate programs).
- Consider this: Tuition and fees differ greatly, even for campuses within the same education system (California State University or University of California).
- Search: The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center
for costs of the degree/academic program desired.
- Browse: Find the right college for you on this U.S. Department of Education funded Website, College Navigator.
Search by name of college, state, program/major, level of award, and type of institution.
- Tip: Although the tuition for private colleges/universities is higher than state-supported universities, private colleges sometimes offer bigger scholarships that can offset the cost and offer the required courses on a faster schedule.
- Consider this: Many teacher preparation programs offer some of their courses online, potentially reducing the number of times you have to go to campus for class.
Time Classes Are Offered
- Consider this: Are you going to have to work while you take classes, or do you have family responsibilities that will limit the time you are available to attend class?
- Tip: Many teacher preparation programs offer some of their courses online or during the evening, which might make it easier for you to enroll in their program.
Length of Program
- Consider this: Blended programs start in the undergraduate years and extend beyond the traditional 4 years of coursework because they include student teaching. Other programs last 2-3 semesters.
- Tip: A shorter program will probably be less costly, but the pace of the courses will probably be a lot faster. Also, not all colleges and universities offer all the types of programs or all the time options for each type of program.