Being An Education Major At The University Of Louisville

Being An Education Major At The University Of Louisville

What it's REALLY like.

The College of Education really is its own entity on the University of Louisville campus. As different as we all are, we have one thing in common—our passion for education and the hardships of being an education major that our good friends outside of the CEHD just don’t understand.

1. Field hours...

of them.

When and where the University tells us to.

2. They enter their assignments to Blackboard, we enter ours to

If nothing else will cause us to lose our sanity, LiveText will.

3. Student teaching.

Aka working 40 hours per week for 15 weeks with no pay (but paying full time college tuition for it) while meeting for class once a week to debrief, drown in lesson plans, cry, etc.

4. The word "HAT" means something totally different to us.

HATs are the longest, most intense assignments that our professors highly encourage us not to do the night before, because it will turn out terribly… But we often accept the challenge and get an 'A' on it anyway.


Though some call it hell, it is both a blessing and a curse that we have one of the most intense teacher internship programs in the country.

6. By the way, everything is an acronym.

Such as IEP, KFETS, DOK, ELL, FERPA, IDEA, CCSS, NCLB (which we all hate), etc.

7. Speaking of KFETS...

There’s this cool new website where we have to go back and enter our 200 field hours one by one… Some of us haven’t even started yet!

8. Non-education majors underestimate the complexity of lesson planning

There are templates, and they are the most detailed templates to ever exist. A lesson plan isn’t a lesson plan until you have provided ten pages of every last detail and rationale.

9. There is no such thing as over-preparing. In fact, we will NEVER be prepared.

Ever. Expect the unexpected.

10. We get it, we won’t make THAT much money.

We are underestimated, underpaid, and underappreciated. We know. We aren’t in it just for the money, though. Our job itself is rewarding.

11. We understand that we can't win when under evaluation.

Were you thorough in your teaching? Not good enough, students need more time to talk and not just be fed information.

Did you give students time to talk and limit the amount of information that you gave them? Not good enough, they’re not learning if you’re not teaching.

Did you include group work? You shouldn’t have.

Did they work individually? You should have put them into groups.

12. It takes a lot for us to avoid engagement when students try to argue.

13. We love school supply shopping every semester/buying things for our future classrooms.

14. “You’re brave.”

Very much so!

15. Standardized testing…

Many of our classroom conversations are centered around standardized testing. And we get fired up.

16. We don’t even know where to begin or end when someone asks us why we want to teach…

Just take a minute to imagine a world without teachers.

17. We are a house divided in politics but standing together when it comes to education.

Hashtag education was never meant to be at the federal level.

18. We are constantly coming up with ways to make things interesting to students.

Shakespeare is cool you guys, OK?

19. Between class assignments and Pinterest, we have already designed our future classrooms.

20. We all have this chart handy somewhere.

21. We are learning all of this new technology that wasn’t allowed or even invented when we were in school.

Well, back in my day…

22. We’re way too comfortable with each other.

The CEHD building is our second home. Non-education classes are weird because we aren’t with our crew. We’re even friends with our professors/instructors.

23. You watch YouTube, we watch the teaching channel.

24. Everything our teachers did in school suddenly makes sense.

All of the things that we hated. Pop quizzes, being told to pipe down, dress code… It all makes sense now. We have become who we said that we would never be.

25. “Your students are going to hit on you.”

…I’ll just leave that there.

26. “Teaching is easy as long as you know the content.”


Let’s see you manage a class of 30 different children while teaching a topic that they are completely uninterested in.

27. You have already started a book collection for your classroom.

28. “You’re so lucky that you’re going to get summers off.”

Kind of. We will kind of get summers off. We work in an ever-changing, every day is different, work is brought home with us field. We need and deserve some breaks.

29. We are so excited to graduate and start teaching!

It doesn't matter how much work getting our degree is, we all know that the outcome will be worth it.

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It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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