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I began to seriously think about teaching as a career during my senior year of high school. Before that, I knew I was going to college, but I had no idea what I was going to study. I was going to play football, and if I learned something along the way that was fine. A knee injury during the third game of my senior year quickly altered any thought of ever playing football again. I knew I wanted to stay around football and figured the only way to do that was to coach. Teaching was going to be the vehicle for me to achieve that goal. I liked history class during high school, so I declared to be a History Major at Iowa State University. Two things that I had not accounted for when I enrolled at Iowa State University was the new foreign language requirement for incoming freshman history majors and the bleak job outlook for social studies teachers. These two concerns made me change my major during my sophomore year to elementary education. The College of Education had no foreign language requirements, the job prospects for a male elementary teacher were unlimited, I could still teach social studies, and I could coach.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

First Advisor

Robert H. Decker

Second Advisor

Dale R. Jackson


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