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There are certain things that, as an Education Major, you will have to think about when choosing classes that others might not. Let’s take a look at how to register for classes as an education major!

First off, accept that your college classes aren’t your only responsibility. You will have to put in additional time at field experience, other events, and maybe even a required organization.

So, let’s prep for new classes!

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It’s not just about the credit hours

As an Education Major, you will have to complete field experience hours (or practicals, or whatever your university calls it). When making a list of the classes that you have to take, include a column for the number of field experience hours required for that class.

Bonus: After writing the hours, include any specific projects or requirements that might impact when you can do the field experience. This may not be the best example but let’s say that, for your Physical Education class, you need to attend a certain number of sports games. If you work or have class in the afternoon or evenings, when these games might happen, then you might not want to take Physical Education this semester but postpone the class for another semester when you have fewer responsibilities in the afternoon or evenings.

Look at your schedule

Are you studying to be an Elementary School teacher? Middle School? High School?

Well, since I am studying to be an Elementary School teacher, I know that I need to schedule my field experience before 2 PM. Why? Because that’s when the Elementary Schools end the school day in my area! It’s a simple thing, but it can have huge implications. Now that you know the time frame to do your field experience, plan around it.

When making your class schedule, start with your Education courses. At my university, these tend to be early morning, late afternoon, or evening, which means that there is plenty of time to do field experience in between if planned correctly. Once you have your Education classes, take a look at the free time you have for field experience and highlight these hours. Now go through the rest of the classes that you need, the general requirements and the classes for your minor(s). As you go through them, look for classes that are held before or after the time you have available for your field experience and sign up for these.

You don’t need to have field experience hours every day of the week, but I suggest that you set aside at least two days of the week with a minimum of two hours (this could be different for you, it just depends on your field experience hours and other responsibilities).

Bonus: Don’t forget about travel time! Take one day to figure out how long it takes for you to drive from your class or dorm to your field experience location. Time yourself from the very beginning (getting ready in your dorm room or start the timer inside the classroom where you will be leaving) to the very end (don’t stop the timer until you are inside your field experience classroom).

Tests don’t end

Sorry to break it to you but, when you signed up for an Education Major, you signed up for more tests. It’s just the way it is. So, when you register for classes as an education major, you need to keep in mind when your tests are going to happen so you have the information fresh in your mind!

In order to do this, you need to work backwards. Research what exams you need to take to get into the School of Education (PRAXIS I is likely what you will take) and when those are required. Now that you know what test(s) you need to take, figure out what classes will best prepare you for the test(s) and take them the semester prior to when you scheduled to take the exams. Depending on your test-taking ability, you will need to take these two or more times. I would say to give yourself enough time to take each test twice, even if you think you could pass it the first time.

Now, your university may already have the Education Major track, so this part is taken care off, but it’s important to double-check! This is your degree, don’t leave it to chance.

Follow the order (as best you can)

Education classes seem to be ordered very specifically in terms of when you can take them, at least at my university. A big reason for this is because you will have to apply, and be accepted to, the School of Education at your university. At my university, you can only take ED 300, 301, 303, 304, and 305 if you have not yet been accepted into the School of Education. Now, because I came in with a semester’s worth of credits, I was able to apply to the School of Education a semester early. Therefore, I have been able to take a mix of “early ” classes like ED 306 (Curriculum and Instruction) and “later” classes with no prerequisites, like ED 323 (Children’s Literature). This has somewhat complicated my schedule because I started earlier than a majority of my classmates but it has also allowed me a larger range of flexibility in terms of classes.

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