Becoming a teacher is not an easy task. You will usually be required to have a degree from university which can take 3 or 4 years minimum. Many students who take a degree opt to do a PGSE year at the end of their normal degree to allow them to apply for teaching jobs at a later date if they wish to do so. This is a great way to ensure you have something else to fall back on should your first choice of career not be possible for whatever reason. Being a teaching is a very rewarding job and after years of training and exams you can quickly see why many people chose to go in to this profession. The rates of pay are quite good along with the long holidays and being able to see a child grow and learn from the help and support you have given them is something that attracts many people.