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Need Help with Education Path - October 24th 2010, 04:17 AM

Hey everyone!
Its been awhile, but I am here today to ask about a career path I've decided to head for! (=

Well, I did some thinking, and I've decided to become a Drama Teacher for High School students. But right now I'm kind of screwed.
You see, in my country/province (Ontario, Canada) we have the choice between Applied (College) or Academic (University). Back in grade 9, I wanted to become an actress, I still do, but I needed something else to support me when I realized that I decided to become a Drama teacher ... the thing is... the moment I decided on that, was in my grade 12 year. This year.

The problem is, I am in Applied courses, and not Academic. I need 4 years of Academic English to go to University, and its kind of too late for that.

So I was planning on going to College for Theatre, the thing is, I dont know what steps I need to take...

Does anyone have any ideas? I was told to go to the states for college, but that is University if I am not mistaken, and I dont have those courses.

Also, if I do decide to go to the States for it, what should I do to get there?

I am going to ask my guidance councilor on Monday, but I wanted some other peoples input on the situation (=

it would be great! (=

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Re: Need Help with Education Path - October 24th 2010, 07:15 PM

I am not sure how Canadian school system is set up. College and university in the states are very similar. Like colleges here are usually two years and smaller than universities. Universities usually are only bachelor's or higher degrees (4 years or more). For teaching in the USA, you would have to get a bachelor degree and usually followed with a masters degree, but I don't know about the Canadian requirements.

There are exceptions like private colleges.

If you go to a community college or a university here, you would probably take an English placement test and the university would probably offer you a French placement test to see if you can test out of French. Then you would probably have a math placement test. So you would probably take something like: English, math, some basic science class, and psychology 101 since nearly every major has room for psychology 101 in it. Then you would have the second level English, maybe a higher math if you would need it, another kind of psychology class (usually a development one like lifespans or developmental psychology), an education class, and an arts class.

It really depends on where you would go, what major you select, and what their course offerings are.
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Re: Need Help with Education Path - October 24th 2010, 08:13 PM

Hi Hayley.
I'm in BC, so our school systems are a little different, but it is never too late to get into university if it's what you want. Most of the colleges and universities out here, at least, have upgrading courses. My ex-fiancé grew up attending a private school that was focused entirely on sports and their religious aspect, and didn't take much care to help the students who were struggling academically. He doesn't have the grades in English to go straight into first year University English courses, nor does he have the math or sciences at all for the required breadth courses of a Bachelor of Arts. The University I'm attending, the one he attended for a while, accepted him into general studies with the understanding that he could enter into a full degree program once he'd completed the appropriate upgrading courses. The only reason he's not still working at it is that he realized the degree he was going for wasn't going to get him the job he wanted.

But anyway, that's a little off topic. Point being there are always ways to upgrade.

If you want to study in the States I believe there is an exam you'll have to sit, to prove that you've met their GED requirements. You could do that also, but if you haven't been studying academic courses all this time that exam would be easier if you take a year to upgrade anyway, or work with a tutor.

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