Cartoon of a man wearing a shirt, tie and tweed upper body garment and holding a pointerIf you’re interested in becoming a teacher there are lots of courses available to choose from. There are many good reasons to become a teacher as this is a profession which is much in demand in many countries as well as at home. If you are thinking about working overseas, then obtaining a teaching qualification is an excellent way to go about it.

What and Where Can I Teach?

Teachers of English are in great demand in places like China, Thailand, and Brazil. Many local colleges run programs which offer training for those who want to teach English as a foreign language. You can also do your training online as there are lots of courses for that too, and they can be relatively inexpensive. Many of the schools who run these courses often offer jobs at the end of the course, so in some cases you’re pretty well guaranteed a job teaching overseas if you complete your training successfully.

There are lots of other opportunities for teachers. You can teach just about anything. If it’s something that people want to learn about then there will be a need for teachers. You could choose anything from a very wide range of subjects such as driving instructor, yoga teacher, or chef tutor. You could choose your hobby, get some qualifications in the subject, and then teach it as a job. Think how great it would be to get paid for teaching others about your hobby.

Who Can I Teach?

There are plenty of jobs teaching children. Most of these have strict rules and specify exactly what qualifications are required. If you like children you could research to see what is required to teach children in your state or country.

Adult education is often more flexible. To be a teacher in adult education the potential employer is often interested in your experience as well as your formal qualifications. Of course for some jobs the formal qualifications are absolutely necessary. For instance, if you would like to be a dive instructor you would usually need a PADI qualification. By the way, if you qualify as a dive instructor you can find jobs in all sorts of exotic locations such as Sri Lanka and Thailand. What a life! Imagine being paid to go diving in Phuket or somewhere similar.

What’s My Next Step In Becoming a Teacher?

Teaching isn’t all about fun, though. You need to have commitment to the job and a strong interest in your subject. If it’s something you’re passionate about about, that’s better still. So, before choosing your teacher training course, sit down and think hard about what subject you’d really like to teach, then see what courses are available and research a typical career progression in that line of work. You might also want to check out what the job market is like for your chosen subject.

If you’re not sure what you’d like to teach, a quick look at the syllabus of your local college should be enough to give you plenty of suggestions. Most likely you’ll find that they offer IT and computer courses, cooking, languages, mechanics, and all sorts of vocational courses as well as some traditional academic subjects such as math, science, and English.

If you are planning to be a teacher, be sure to find the course that’s right for you. Plan ahead and keep in mind what you want to do with your qualification once you’ve gotten it. This will make your research easier because then you’ll have a better idea of what you’re looking for when selecting which teacher training course is right for you.