Completing a post-baccalaureate teacher certification in early childhood education, secondary education, or K-12 education leadership with the Tulane School of Professional Advancement can be your first major step toward a career in the classroom. Before you can start teaching, you will need to decide which grade level you would like to work with. There are many factors you should consider when deciding which grade level to teach, including how you want to interact with your students, what type of course content you want to teach, and what your personal aspirations are.
How Do You Want to Interact With Students?
When deciding which grade you should teach, or whether you should pursue a teacher certification or a teaching endorsement, you should consider how you want to interact with your students and build relationships. Teaching kindergarteners is far different from teaching students in middle school or high school. Elementary school students are still in the early stages of development and will grow rapidly over the course of a school year, while older students are adjusting to a new sense of independence.
To make this decision, you will need to understand the maturity differences between students in various grade levels, as well as your ability to adapt to your students' personalities and interests.