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Can you teach at a Community College with a Masters in Education?!

RyanjingleRyanjingle Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
Hi guys the question is kind of straightforward. I saw that teaching grades below college are fairly simple as long as you get your credential, but is this route also similar if I wanted to teach at a CC? I'm thinking about majoring in philosophy and then attending a school of education for a masters degree. Any advice?

Replies to: Can you teach at a Community College with a Masters in Education?!

  • ccprofandmomof2ccprofandmomof2 Registered User Posts: 230 Junior Member
    This entirely depends on the school, but we would never hire anyone who didn't have at least a master's degree in the subject field. CC jobs are quite competitive in many states.
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 12,299 Super Moderator
    In theory, yes. In practice, probably not.

    As CCProf mentioned, you need to have a master's degree in the subject area in which you want to teach. So if you had a master's degree in education, you could teach education courses at a community college that had education programs (maybe like a teacher's aide, paraprofessional, or transfer program for aspiring teachers). However, just like teaching at a four-year college, most colleges would want you to have some teaching experience.

    In practice, though, academia is such a competitive field that community college profs often (and, in some fields, usually) have a doctoral degree. This is especially true in desirable cities. When I was living in New York, it was uncommon for any CC prof who'd been hired in the last 5-7 years or so to get hired without a PhD. LOTS of people want to be professors.

    You've posted a lot of questions related to teaching and education on this forum. I know that you really like philosophy, and I encourage you to study it in college if you want to as a major. But if you know you want to teach, you should probably double-major in whatever field you want to teach in!
  • RyanjingleRyanjingle Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    I see I see, makes sense. Thank you!
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