Texas Educational Therapy Training
Texas residents who think that they might like to pursue a career in the educational therapy field should be sure to take their time and do a little research before they make any major decisions. Far too often, people make the mistake of going into an academic program to become an educational therapists before they really know all that it entails. They quickly find that it is not for them and quit, having wasted large amounts of time, effort, and money. On the other hand, some people are truly well suited to educational therapy, but they pick the wrong career or the wrong academic path for the career they wish to have. That's why it's important to spend some time really thinking about the field and about your plans for the future.
In addition to exploring all of the many different educational therapy jobs and academic programs that exist in Texas, you should also spend some time exploring yourself! Not everyone is cut out to be an educational therapist, and there is no shame in that, but it's important to be honest with yourself. A good educational therapist will have a strong commitment to helping others. He or she will also enjoy working with and be good at working with people, and will be compassionate, understanding, a good listener, non-judgmental, ethical, and hardworking. Furthermore, a good educational therapist must know how to separate work life from personal life. Those who can't do this can easily get burnt out or overwhelmed and leave the profession all too soon. So, closely examine yourself before deciding educational therapy is for you. Ask yourself why you want to go into the field. If it's because of the lucrative salary or the vast amount of career possibilities, you're probably not going to enjoy the work very much. If it's because you are passionate about serving and helping others, then you'll probably find it to be an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding career.
Once you've done a little soul searching and a lot of practical research, you should have a better idea about the type of academic training that will best suit you and your career goals. Also take a moment to look at where you are at academically. If you have no formal education, you will have to start from the beginning, with either an associate's degree, with the intention of transferring earned credits to an undergraduate degree program, or with a bachelor's degree, If you already have a bachelor's degree, even if it's in an unrelated subject, then you might just be further along than you thought.
First, take a second to look at your degree and determine whether or not it is really all that unrelated. Many people work in the field with more general degrees, such as Psychology, Psychology of Exceptional Individuals, Sociology, Social Work, and others. If your degree is something like English Literature or History, however, then it probably won't be of much use to you just yet.
The good news, however, is that even if you have an unrelated undergraduate degree, you can still get into a master's level educational program without completing a new undergraduate degree. In fact, many master's degree programs actively seek out those from diverse academic backgrounds, because they appreciate the unique perspectives they bring to the program. The same is true for PhD programs; students with unrelated master's degrees are often accepted. Do be aware, however, that with very unrelated degrees, your coursework will likely take a bit longer than expected, but this is much better than having to start over from the beginning.
No matter where your journey takes you education wise, make sure you also take the time to gain some real world experience with the career. The best way to do this is by taking on an internship. This can be a paid internship, an unpaid internship, or one that you do as part of your coursework for credit. In any case, it is an excellent opportunity to learn what it is really like to work in the field, not to mention to make important connections with other professionals and to possibly get a job offer or two.