So you have a degree in Criminal Justice, but your true intentions are to become a teacher, or you’re just not sure and want to find out anyway. To be honest, the answer is not easy and certain factors must be taken into consideration. So, let’s get to it.
I have an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
Too early to qualify for a teaching position, but early enough to change your degree track. Continue reading below to see what I mean…
I have a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
If you have a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice you cannot become a teacher, at least not in most states. There are certain classes you would have to take in order to qualify as a teacher. In addition, you would need student teaching experience in a K-12 school, on top of passing a state exam which will provide you with a license to teach.
A bachelors degree in Criminal Justice offers a lot of “open doors” in the law enforcement field, but you would need a minimum of a Masters level education to have an opportunity to teach at a college level. You still wouldn’t be able to teach grammar or high school students.
I have a Master Degree in Criminal Justice
If you have a masters degree in Criminal Justice you have an opportunity to teach in higher echelons of education. The opportunities may be limited as many colleges and universities, online and off, prefer or require a terminal degree, like:
- PhD – Doctorate degree; for example a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice
- MD – Medical degree, Doctor of Medicine
- JD – Juris Doctor, known better as a Law Degree
As mentioned before, you can’t teach Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade unless you are licensed by the state to teach.
I have a PhD in Criminal Justice
Well, you don’t really need my advice. If you got that far in your academic undertakings you must already know if you can become a teacher or not.
PhD holders have opportunities that are unmatched by all other levels of education. Yes, they can become professors and researchers at colleges and universities worldwide, but they still can’t teach high school without holding a teaching license.
Hope this cleared things up a little bit.