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We Can Be Teachers!
By Yoon Ji-yeon Editor-in-Chief, Junior of Electrical Engineering
When we think about the ways of becoming teachers, we usually think of graduating from the college of education, or graduate school of education. However, we can get qualifications to become teachers, even if we don’t enter a graduate school of education. This is because HBNU has courses in teacher education.
A course in teacher education is a process to obtain teaching certificates in departments which are not included in the college of education. Students can apply for the course at the end of the first semester of the sophomore year. However, not all department students can apply for the course. Only some departments have the course, and only the students who belong to those departments can apply for it. Check the table below for the specific departments that have the courses, and the number of people who can complete them. Next, let’s listen to the experiences of two graduates who have completed the courses.
Interviewee: Gi Myeong-seok, Graduate of Japanese
Namgung Hye-jin, Graduate of Electrical Engineering,
Q. Why did you apply for the course in teacher education?
Gi: I became interested when I saw the announcement of the course. I was curious about the efficient ways of teaching classes. Also, I wanted to feel worthy about teaching as a teacher. That is why I applied for the course.
Namgung: I thought that teaching electronics is a job that fits my aptitude and strengths, and a position where I can use my major knowledge. Plus, passing this course gives me greater potential for finding a job, so I thought this would be an advantage.
Q. What was the best class you took during the course?
Gi: “Teaching Practice” was the best class that I took. The professor that taught the class has experience in teaching students in the field of education.. There are many theoretical classes in the course, but this class gave students examples of things that really happened in the real educational field. That was why I liked this class the most. Plus, this class is very useful because teachers need the ability to cope wisely with the various problems that happen in school.
Namgung: Most of the teaching classes were interesting and enjoyable. Among them, “Educational Methods and Educational Engineering” was the most memorable class. HBNU does not have a college of education, so there are few opportunities to design and demonstrate classes in person. Also, it is difficult to get feedback on the classes that I designed. However, I could fulfill a need with this class. I did the first demonstration in this class, and the professor gave feedback carefully. So this class was the most meaningful and the most helpful.
Q. Did completing this course influence your career decision?
Gi: First of all, getting “Teacher’s Certificate, Grade 2” qualifies me for taking a teacher certification exam. For being a teacher, students have to pass the exam, but I think it is also meaningful to have such an opportunity. Also, I could think a lot about education. Education is an essential process and it is not only conducted in school. It has a wide range of areas as well as companies, and at home. I have a change of mind that everyone contributes to individual changes, and educators’ attitudes and actions have a huge impact.
Namgung: I have experienced many influences in the process of choosing the career. Taking classes and going to teaching practice made me serious about becoming a teacher. I learned that my personality can be an advantage as a teacher. For example, my personality shows that I like observing people and that I can find advantages in them, and this can be an advantage. It also shows that I can observe students well and recommend a career path suitable for each person. These enlightenments have influenced a lot of career decisions.
Q. What do you want to say to your juniors who are worrying about teaching courses?
Gi: There are some difficulties in completing this teaching course. To complete it, students have to achieve extra mandatory credits, teaching practice, and educational service activities, etc. However, I think the experiences I learned through the teaching process were never a waste. If you dream of being a teacher, this would be a great opportunity. Even if being a teacher is not a dream, completing this course will make your college life much more valuable.
Namgung: I have never regretted the choice to complete a course of teaching. Of course, I was very busy during college days, because I had to spend a lot of time studying. However, I think it was worth investing in. If you have finished thinking about your aptitude and have decided on your job as a teacher, I recommend that you take the teaching course.
As the graduates said, a course in teacher education can have a great impact on your career path or can teach you a lesson in life. If you dream of being a teacher, or want to learn a new kind of studying method that is not related to your major, then apply for a course in teacher education.