Hi, Andrea Sperling
Most colleges and universities I know of-would require that you have at least a master's degree with [18-Hr] college credits in the focus area you want to teach, [i,e., English, TESOL, Social Sciences, Engineering, and so forth]. In my state, this is the current requirement at bare minimum-PhD is even better. But community colleges-nationwide do not usually require a PhD degree in order to teach-at the junior level.
A PhD degree might be most helpful if you are seeking employment in the university level-for full-time teaching positions. I can personally tell you that my college teachers in the community college-where I completed my Associate's Degree didn't have PhDs. While this is true for a two-year degree completion program, some teachers in my bachelor's degree and master's had PhDs-and a handful of them had master's degrees.
Addendum: You will want to be sure to sign-up for a teaching degree program with a teaching license option-if your goal is to teach in public school-when you are done. This is a must have requirement-nationwide in public schools. Avoid procrastination-we do age rather quickly!------MerriLee LeonardM.A.Ed.,TESLUnited States-------
Hi Theresa Pruett!
"However, be aware that a large number of teaching positions at the community college are part-time and it can be difficult to get a full-time teaching position." Theresa Pruett-Said, Macomb Community College.
I like reading entries from colleagues in this podium-especially when responses are most helpful to posted questions that are being asked-this is one of those questions. Many entries are highly resourceful and favorable to our teaching profession-I particularly enjoy reading them.
The reason why much of the teaching positions in the community colleges are basically part-time or "adjunct" condition is due primarily to the number of students who would enroll in a class-per semester. Say it another way, the demand to open a classroom would almost always solely be based on the students demand-may it be, [i,e., TESL; Biology; Engineering; Reading; Math, and so forth].
Further, many students who are enrolled in a degree completion program, are required to follow-through a "program guide", which is comprised of "courses list" they must satisfy-in order to graduate. These are the type of students in colleges and or universities who keep teachers in their full-time teaching position. Whereas, in our field-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, the teaching opportunity is often sparse and maybe even rare. This is why I believe-the reason why we're seeing a large number of our colleagues have been deployed and are teaching overseas-as opposed to in the states.
I, too, had classmates in my master's program classes who were already in the classroom and many were teaching in the university level, but overseas-in the Southeast Asian region-while a handful of them were teaching in Europe.
--------MerriLee LeonardM.A.Ed.,TESLUnited States---------