Let's talk about teaching.

Have you ever thought about teaching as a career? In many ways, it's a lot like any other job. Yet it can be profoundly different from other professions as well. This site will give you the facts so that you can make an informed decision on whether teaching is or isn't a good fit for you. And, we'll provide you with steps to take if you want to pursue teacher preparation at the University of Minnesota.

Why Teach?

What does a career in teaching offer? Most of the time, when we think of what it's like to be a teacher, we think of advantages like, "summers off" or maybe potential drawbacks like, "grading papers over the weekend." But there is so much more to teaching. We've divided some of the benefits to teaching into two categories - "what's in it for you" and "what kind of contribution can you make."

What's in it for you?

  • You can stay on the forefront of knowledge in a subject/discipline you care about.
  • You can experience a variety of challenges that keep your days interesting, including occasional epic wins with students.
  • You can work in your own community.
  • After receiving your teaching license, you will have a professional career path with a competitive salary (especially compared with entry-level positions in other industries).
  • You experience a complete classroom renewal each year. Every September, you start again with a fresh group of students.

What kind of contribution can you make?

  • The need for effective teachers will increase substantially over the next seven years.
  • You prepare the next generation of doctors, engineers, artists and business leaders. You make a difference by inspiring others.
  • You can closely impact the lives of children and their families.
  • You can play a part in closing the achievement gap.