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Educational Therapy Education in Tennessee

If you've done any research concerning how to find success in the field of educational therapy, then you probably already know that a good formal education is absolutely key. Without a strong education, you cannot expect to succeed in the field or even to be hired. However, there is no one size fits all educational path that you must. Different degree levels and different majors exist because there are so many careers and possibilities in the field. It's up to you to familiarize yourself with all of them and then to make an informed decision about which one is the right choice for you. From there, you can learn about the educational requirements and qualifications you will need to obtain and begin to design your academic path.

As a word to the wise, many people get sucked into attending associate's degree programs, thinking that they can just complete a simple two years of study at an affordable price and then immediately start working in the field. This is not the case at all. While associate's degree programs are not a total loss— the credits earned can usually be transferred to a bachelor's degree program—they are useless on their own. So, if you do decide to start your education with one of these degrees, make sure you do so knowing full well that you'll need to continue your education to find work.

Bachelor's degrees, on the other hand, are often overlooked. They are seen as merely a stepping stone to getting higher level degrees, and while they are certainly that for some people, they really are all that you need for the more basic, entry level positions in educational therapy. With the right bachelor's degree, you can become a tutor or teacher at a learning center, an educational therapy assistant, or work in a number of different positions with the school system or even independently. If you don't want to commit yourself to years of schooling, then this degree alone might just be enough for you!

Most people, of course, want to have the more prestigious and more highly paid positions in the field, and these only come with a master's degree education or higher. It is for this reason that most professionals working in educational therapy today have at least this level of education. With a master's degree, you can seek certification or licensure as a therapist. You can work in clinical practices, the school system, as manager or lead therapist at a learning center, and many other options. Master's degrees are somewhat challenging, taking about one to three years of study after receiving a bachelor's degree, but they are a real ticket to success. Additionally, it is important to note that most master's degree programs gladly accept those from unrelated academic backgrounds and that programs are typically designed specifically for busy, working adults, with the majority of classes offered in the evenings or even online.

If you want to take your education all the way, then a PhD might just be for you. Doctoral degree programs, however, are even more challenging than master's degree programs. For starters, they can take as long as eight years to complete, and those are not eight easy years. Earning a PhD requires extensive study and devotion to the field, and most people work as they earn their degrees. PhDs are definitely not for everyone, but they can pave the way to the most coveted positions in the field. Those who own their own practices, have research positions, or who oversee other educational therapists tend to have PhDs. Plus, they make higher salaries than all other professionals in the industry.

Another part of a balanced education that many aspiring therapists overlook is real world experience. This is necessary for helping you to determine whether or not you've made the right career choice and to helping you to build a resume and increase your chances of getting hired. Internships can be paid, unpaid, or completed for credit, but their real purpose is to help you gain experience and to help you make important connections with others in the field. Internships can and often do lead to employment, either at the place where the internship was completed or through connections made while interning.