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How to Become an Educational Therapist in Vermont

In Vermont, the competition for educational therapy jobs is quite fierce. For every unqualified job applicant, there are two or three qualified job applicants available. Obviously then, you have to be at the top of your game if you are going to find success and become employed in the field. In an effort to help you to reach your career goals and to turn those dreams into realities, we've provided a comprehensive guide to becoming an educational therapist in the state. If you follow this guide, you will be sure to reach all of your goals and get the job that you want.

  1. Is Educational Therapy Right for You? A lot of people want to become educational therapists, but the truth is that few are actually cut out for it. Being an educational therapist is something that takes years of hard work and, once you actually have the job, more hard work and continuing education will follow. As such, you have to be fully dedicated to the field, and the only way to do that is to truly know what you are getting into. That will take a lot of research and planning on your part. But, before we get into all of that, you should take a good long look at yourself and at your reasons for wanting to become an educational therapist. If it's just for the money or the prestige, then this job probably isn't the best fit for you. If it's because you have a strong desire to help others and a real interest in and passion for the field, however, then you're likely to meet with success. Remember, good educational therapists are those who are driven, intelligent, compassionate, non-judgmental, patient, good listeners, ethical, and honest. If you don't have these qualities, then it might be a good idea to rethink your career path.
  2. Researching the Field. As you may or may not already know, there are a wide variety of different jobs that fall within the educational therapy category. People working in the field may work as clinical educational therapists, as school or school system educational therapists, as researchers, as learning center employees, on their own (independent educational therapists), or as workplace educational therapists. Take the time to look at all of your different options, and to find the one or ones that are the best fit for you.
  3. Planning Your Education: Once you have a good idea of what you might like to do in the field, it becomes much easier to map out an appropriate academic path. If you don't have any clue what you want to do and only come to a decision about that later, then you could find yourself with an essentially useless degree or, at the very least, one that will cause you to take a job that you are less than passionate about. As such, having a plan and doing your best to stick to it is a smart and very important step.
  4. Getting An Education: Depending upon what you want to do in the field, you will have to have some kind of a formal education. Associate's degree programs won't offer you any real opportunities in the field, so only go into these if you are planning to transfer earned credits to an accredited bachelor's degree program. A bachelor's degree will afford you career opportunities in more basic, entry level areas of the field. Master's degrees, on the other hand, are much more common and will enable you to become an actual therapist and, if you wish, to seek licensure and/or certification. For some, a PhD is a degree that can propel them to the position and the salary that they have always dreamed of. None of these degrees come easily, however, so you'll have to be willing to do the hard work.
  5. Gaining Experience: As a final piece of advice that will help you to stand out above the staunch competition, consider gaining some real world experience in the field. The best way to do this is by taking on an internship that is as closely related as possible to the job that you would ultimately like to have.