HR – The 3 main levels of training available to teachers

The teaching profession is one of the most important professions not only in America but in the world as it’s teachers who always end up with the responsibility of preparing students for the world outside school. Each and every person who chooses to pursue whatever profession first passed through a teacher who either encouraged them or discouraged them therefore shaping the person they grew up to become.

If you are thinking about joining this very important profession of teaching, there are a couple of options that are available to you.

Here are the 3 main levels of training available to teachers.

1 Training as a basic school teacher

Training as a basic school teacher will primarily entail receiving sufficient training to become a qualified teacher to practice in nursery, kindergarten or preschool, as well as elementary school. In America, individual State governments will be in charge of facilitating the process as they will set the standards of qualification for teachers in their respective States. Generally, a teacher will have to sit for a number of competency based exams administered by the State before they can receive a certification. The federal government is currently working on a program to promote uniformity in the training teachers go through at state level to ensure that every student has access to the same quality of teaching regardless of their social background.

2 Training as a secondary school teacher

Generally, a secondary school teacher will go through the same basic training as that of an elementary school teacher. This teacher will then be required to specialize in at least one academic or vocational subject which will be their main area of concentration which they will then receive a certificate of competency for. This is also a duty that falls under the purview of individual state governments who are responsible for certification of teachers.

3 Training as a higher education teacher

When it comes to training of higher education teachers, different state governments will outline different criteria for the qualification of a teacher in a higher education institution however, the ultimate decision of determining whether a teacher has attained enough standards to teach in an institution of higher learning falls on the individual institution specifically its respective department, faculty or school. The state will only ensure that individual institutions don’t discriminate or violate any other labor laws when making their staffing decisions.

Any HR professional hired by a school administration to oversee the hiring of teachers must be familiar with all these levels of training so that they can be better placed to make the right personnel decision for the institutions they work for.

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