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Dreams and Challenges of a Becoming a Teacher

Is your childhood dream to become an educator?  That is the dream of Jordan Smith. Smith is a junior majoring in early education here at Auburn. Smith is from Albertville with a life-long dream of coming to Auburn to get her teaching degree. After completing two years at a junior college, she came to Auburn in the fall of 2010, in hopes to pursue her teaching degree.

In order to pursue this degree she would first have to be accepted into the Teacher Education Program. Upon transferring to Auburn, Smith was told being accepted in this program would take a lot of hard work and multiple attempts.  One application, one interview and halfway through her first semester Smith was accepted into the Teacher Education Program.

While talking to Smith and asking what it took for her to achieve this great accomplishment she told us “It took a lot of hard work and dedication to getting the work done and doing it right.”

In order to be accepted into this program one must successfully complete the following: Completion and submission of the Admission to Teacher Education Application, Completion of 45 semester hours in the program, Minimum 2.5 grade point average on all college coursework attempted as well as all coursework attempted at Auburn, in professional studies, and in the teaching field, Satisfactory performance in the pre-teaching experience ,a passing score on each of the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program's basic skills assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Writing assessments), Documentation of clear background check and Satisfactory completion of a professional interview. 


Smith also told us “Being a member of the College of Education means being a part of a great program here at Auburn. I am honored to be in the Teacher Education Program.

I feel that this is a great program and I am receiving the proper training and experience that I need to become a teacher, due to the excellent professors and the helpfulness of the department.”

Smith’s advice to anyone considering becoming teacher, “You should work hard and you will succeed and if you’re a procrastinator either change that or education is not for you.  You must be willing to work with other and be open to new ideas and don’t thing that you can remember everything by yourself. Buy a planner and write everything down. “

After getting Smith’s advice about the College of Education and talking to Susan Villaume, who directed us to check out the college website:
 and stated “You should find useful information in the About Us section and the Students tab.”

As seen here getting this education experience is a dream come true. It may take your hard work and commitment but in the end you can sit back and see that dreams do come true.  

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