U.S. News Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Teacher

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Upcoming retirements combined with growing enrollments mean 2 million new teachers will be needed in the coming decade. Coupled with the demands of the No Child Left Behind Act and high turnover, especially in troubled high-poverty schools, the teaching profession faces daunting challenges.

The U.S. News Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Teacher, from the education experts at U.S. News & World Report, offers a complete overview of the turmoil in the profession and the spread of ...

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Overview

Upcoming retirements combined with growing enrollments mean 2 million new teachers will be needed in the coming decade. Coupled with the demands of the No Child Left Behind Act and high turnover, especially in troubled high-poverty schools, the teaching profession faces daunting challenges.

The U.S. News Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Teacher, from the education experts at U.S. News & World Report, offers a complete overview of the turmoil in the profession and the spread of reforms designed to attract the best and brightest to teaching-and to encourage them stay. The guide also provides detailed information about how to choose the right school of education, the many new alternative routes into the classroom, and how to pay for it all.

This informative and helpful guide features:
- An overview of what's wrong with teaching-and how it's being fixed
- How to pick an education program
- Where to find the money to pay for your degree
- Profiles by U.S. News reporters of teachers at different kinds of schools (inner city, suburban, rural, public, private) highlighting how they became teachers and what their job is really like on a day-to-day basis
- A state-by-state and city-by-city overview of teacher salaries
- A detailed directory of graduate schools of education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402202919
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Wildavsky, the book's lead author, is a long-time education journalist and a deputy editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he helps plan and edit coverage of education and culture for the magazine's weekly Science & Society section. He is also a deputy editor of "America's Best Colleges" and "American's Best Graduate Schools." Previously, he covered economic policy for National Journal, wrote on higher education for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was executive editor of The Public Interest. He has also written for The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor, and was a writer and editor for "Teaching at Risk: A Call To Action," a 2004 report by the nonprofit Teaching Commission.

Founded in 1933, Washington, D.C.-based U.S.News & World Report delivers a unique brand of weekly magazine journalism to its 12.2 million readers. In 1983, U.S. News began its exclusive annual rankings of American colleges and universities. The U.S. News education franchise is second to none, with its annual college and graduate school rankings among the most eagerly anticipated magazine issues in the country. Available online at www.usnews.com, U.S News was recently named the most credible newsweekly by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Trouble with Teaching--and How to Fix It 1
Chapter 2 Alternative Routes to the Classroom 17
Chapter 3 Which Is the Right School for You? 27
Chapter 4 Inside Five Grad Schools 41
Chapter 5 Finding the Money 57
Chapter 6 Getting Licensed in Your State 67
The U.S. News Insider's Index: How Do the Grad Schools Stack Up? 77
Which are the hardest and easiest education schools to get into? 78
Which are the largest and smallest education schools? 88
In which states will first-year teachers make the most money?
Where will they make the least? 101
In which cities do teachers with master's degrees make the most and the least? 103
Whose graduates are most likely to pass the state certification test? The least? 106
Schools of Education Offering Graduate Degrees 123
How to Use the Directory 124
Directory 126
Index of Schools 505
About the Authors and Editors 518
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