How to Decide which Courses to take

College is an exciting time for anyone. Once you have decided you want to further your education it is important to plan a path that will get you what you want. First you need to realize what your focus will be.

Once you have determined what “school” you are interested in you need to find out what the requirements of the general degree will be and if any minor avenues of study are available. For example, if you decided that you wanted to be a teacher. Any local college is likely to offer courses in education through the school of education at that institution.

Once you have settled on a track you must decide what level you want to teach at. This is important because the requirements will dictate many of the choices that you will need to make. For example, early child education is primary school and requires you to teach all subjects or many.  Middle and high school teachers are typically one track or one subject teachers and will focus on those classes (i.e. history or math exclusively). College professors require advanced degrees such as masters degrees or PhD.

Once you have established a level of education you want to teach at you must look for opportunities to expand your marketability, in the area of teaching you may decide to teach special education where you may take more classes in psychology.

Another example is science. If you wanted to be a scientist you need to decide what “type” of scientist you would like to be. For example, are you interested in biology, chemistry, physics, or a combination of two? You will need to first choose a major and then supplement that with relevant coursework to another discipline. Some biologists have minors in chemistry because it helps them to understand some biological processes and vice versa.

Once you have established your primary focus and supporting roles you may need to go outside your particular “school” to obtain supoprting education classes. For example, teachers who wish to teach high school biology may find it useful to take biology classes which are not required in their degree as electives in order to broaden their understanding of biology, and the same could be said of chemistry, physics, or history.

College is a great way to expand your understanding of the world you live in and with the addition of elective courses students are encouraged to supplement their educations with other courses from other “schools” or “colleges”. This is a great way to make yourself and your degree more marketable and valuable.