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What is the Training Like to Become an Educational Therapist in Colorado?

If you're a Colorado resident hoping to pursue a career in educational therapy, then you likely have a lot of questions pertaining to just how to go about that. The biggest thing most people interested in entering the field usually want to know is what kind of training and education they will be required to have. The answer really depends upon the exact job you wish to have in the field, so it's wise to figure that out first and then to explore different educational paths you can take to get there. In general, however, most of the jobs in the field will require you to have at least a master's degree.

For those who are not willing to commit themselves to years and years of schooling just yet, however, there are some very basic, entry level jobs and assisting positions that can be obtained with only a bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree can be earned in as little as four years from any accredited college or university. It is important to note however, that associate's degrees, which are typically earned in around two years from a community college, are of virtually no use in the field. While the credits earned while pursuing such a degree can be transferred to a bachelor's degree program, this is really the only reason to earn one of these degrees.

As mentioned above, you're likely to meet with the most success if you earn at least a master's degree. The good news is that master's degree programs are actually far more demanding than most people realize. Once you have a bachelor's degree in a related field, you can earn your master's in as little as one to three years. If you already have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field, don't worry! There is no need to start over from scratch. Many programs are willing and even happy to accept students from diverse academic backgrounds. Just be aware that the program may take a little longer to complete. Master's degree programs are designed with working adults in mind, however, so it's easy to balance a career or a family with your schooling.

Once you have a master's degree, you're ready to start working in the field, or you can choose to take the next educational step and pursue a doctoral level degree program. While PhDs are not necessary for working in the field, they can significantly increase your job options and yoru salary as well. However, these advanced degrees are not for everyone. They can take as long as seven years to complete and require a lot of commitment and dedication. Those who do receive them, however, enjoy many benefits.

Aside from having an education, it's also important to gain real world experience in the field. The best way to do this is by pursuing an internship. Internships may be for school credit, or they may be paid or unpaid. Either way, they can make the difference between being hired and being looked over.