Humans are programmed to learn. The adage that old dogs can't learn new tricks is simply not true. Education is truly a lifelong process. This much should be obvious given the proliferation of adult and continuing education programs that have sprung up in recent years. Thus, curriculum & instruction are as important in your golden years as it is during your formative ones.
What are curriculum & instruction?
In a nutshell, curriculum & instruction are what teachers use when trying to educate students. The curriculum includes the lesson plan, materials, and books that educators use to open up students' minds and bring awareness and understanding. Instruction is the process by which this curriculum is applied. Some teachers enjoy lecture style classes where they do most of the talking. This is especially effective for math and science. Other teachers enjoy group participation where feedback and discussion are crucial components in the learning process.
Certification in this field is necessary
For the vast majority of teaching positions, so type of formal training is required. University professors usually require a PhD or masters degree. High school teachers need State licensing in addition to a teaching degree. And if you want to actually teach curriculum and instruction (i.e. educate teachers on how to promote greater learning), you'll probably need a degree in education or a related field.
Learning never stops
Because learning never stops, you will always have teachers and students who need your expertise. The world population is growing, so demand for your skills will only increase in the years to come.
Publish date: February 10, 2011