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Things to Consider When Becoming an Educational Therapist in Indiana

When most people first become interested in becoming educational therapists, the very first move they make is to start looking at different academic programs that will help to get them to where they need to be. You might be surprised to learn, however, that this is actually somewhat of a mistake. It's much better, long before you even start looking at colleges and universities in Indiana, to sit down and do some research on the field of educational therapy as a whole. Not everyone is cut out for this field; it takes a special kind of person to have success in it. Good educational therapists must enjoy working with people, must be kind, good listeners, hardworking, patient, and dedicated. If you don't have these qualities, then you probably wouldn't enjoy being an educational therapist very much at all.

In addition to exploring the field as a whole and what it requires of a person, it's also important to take a good, long look at all of the different jobs that are available within the field. Unlike as is the case in many other career areas, educational therapists can choose from a wide variety of different job descriptions. However, it's important to have a general idea of what you want to do before you start your training, since specialized educations may be required for certain careers or to increase the likelihood of being hired for a particular job.

Once you've done your research and are feeling confident that working as an educational therapist is right for you, and you have a fairly good idea of what you wish to do in the field, then you can start looking at academic programs. One mistake that many people who are new to higher education make is pursuing only an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree, and thinking that one of these lower level degrees is all that they need to get their foot in the door of the field. This is not the case at all, however. Associate's degrees on their own are virtually useless in the field, and bachelor's degrees barely fare better. All that you can do with a bachelor's degree is work in very entry level positions or work as a therapist assistant, and even these jobs can be difficult to come by. It is for this reason that most people working in the field today have at least their master's degrees.

Master's degree programs are not nearly as intimidating as many people assume that they will be. First of all, they are designed with working adults in mind, so it's easy to balance a busy work or family schedule with schooling. Furthermore, they don't require a related undergraduate degree. This means that if you got your bachelor's in something completely different than educational therapy, you can still earn your master's in the subject. These programs can often be completed in as little as one to three years, and are a great springboard to the career you've always dreamed of.