Forensic Science Degrees Become More Popular, Colleges Staying Ahead

The world of forensic science is certainly well known to network TV watchers with the many programs dedicated to this exciting field. The result is that interest in becoming a forensic scientist has boomed in recent years and now with schools offering these programs the interest level is growing even higher.

The University of Toronto at Mississauga has the oldest forensic science program in the country. Covering a number of different fields including psychology, chemistry, biology and anthropology, this program has developed over the years to encompass different sciences and fields to create some of the best rounded educations in terms of forensic science.

The forensic science program out of the University of Toronto has helped generate more interest in this field to younger students. At Cederbrae Collegiate Institute for example, students in 9th grade and younger are engaging in forensic science studies built around the concept of crime scene investigation. With the support of the University of Toronto, they are learning about how science is applied to the world of law enforcement at a very early age.

What is a Forensic Scientist?

Basically, a forensic scientist is part of a team that investigates crime. They gather documents, analyzing physical evidence from crime scenes, including blood and hair samples along with fingerprints, bullet matching technique and so forth. Often called a crime scene investigator, they use established scientific methods and principles to help solve crimes.

There are currently over 13,000 forensic scientists in the US alone, working mostly for state and local institutions such as police departments, crime laboratories, morgues, and coroner offices. However, the field is rapidly growing thanks to the emphasis on evidence more law enforcement agencies are using to convict criminals.

Getting a degree in forensic science requires earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or forensic science with additional training depending on the assignments that they want to handle. A forensic twist on a popular degree like nursing for example can lead to a healthy career in this remarkable field.

The Outlook for Forensic Science

The demand for forensic scientists is expected to grow over the next decade as more law enforcement agencies across North America expand this particular area. Even with wide interest so far, the combination of retiring scientists along with expanding law enforcement means that there will be plenty of opportunities for forensic scientists in the foreseeable future.

From becoming police officers to extensive on-the-job training that requires apprenticeships and the like to learn all aspects of what forensic science is all about. By encouraging younger children into learning about the exciting world of forensic science, it opens up their minds to all types of science fields. This means that while many students will not pursue this type of degree, they may become interested in other fields of science which they may have never considered before.

As odd as it seems, popular television programs that deal in crime scene investigation has spawned a resurgence of interest in science-related fields in which young people have shown a keen interest.

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How Early Is Too Early To Start Kids In Education?

There is controversy over the appropriate age for a child to start his or her education. Many parents start their children in preschool between the ages of three and four. Preschool offers educational classes designed to expose children to letters, numbers and shapes and to teach them how to get along with other children.

According to parents.com, children who attend preschool enter kindergarten with better reading and math skills and with a richer vocabulary. Similarly, according to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 Kids Count report, approximately 50 percent of the children in the United States attended preschool between 2008 and 2010.

Most children must enter kindergarten no earlier than five years of age but no later than six years. The age depends on the state’s date requirement. For example, in Alabama a child must have turned five years of age no later than September 1 of the school year. If a child does not turn five until September 2, he or she must wait until the next school year to begin school. Parents have the option of holding their child back a year if they feel that the child is not ready to start school if the child will be no older than six by the state’s mandatory date for beginning school.

According to education.com, schools are increasingly being held accountable for its student’s performance. Since older children tend to have higher performance scores, many schools are now advocating for children to begin their education at six or seven years of age. Advocates argue that older children are more mature and better able to understand and absorb instruction. Others disagree and argue that children mature at a different rate and should not be made to wait until they are six or seven if they are ready before that time.

Regardless of the age controversy, educators must be prepared to provide quality instruction by getting a degree in early childhood education. They must be prepared to teach children regardless of their maturity and are paid quite well for doing their job. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, preschool teachers earn approximately $27,000 per year. Unlike in the US, Canadian educators earn approximately $47,000 per year according to servicecanada.gc.ca.

Whether a child attends preschool or begins his or her education in kindergarten, all children in the United States are required to attend school without regard to their maturity or skills. Educators are required to teach those children the skills required to advance to the next level of education.

How Do The Requirements To Teach In Canada Differ From The US?

Canada has many rules and regulations with regards to becoming a teacher. The overall process in Canada is similar to the path taken in the US; with a few minor differences. The difference in educational requirements is problem one of the single most marked differences between the nations.

In Canada, teachers have to have, in addition to a standard bachelor’s degree, completed a certification program as well. Contrarily, in the US, a bachelor’s degree in education is more than enough to secure a position teaching in the public education system. In fact, in certain situations, you don’t even need a bachelor’s degree.

Pathway To Teaching

While each situation is unique, and a teacher’s job description is about as unique as the pupils in the classroom, there are definitely a few set paths that are the most common from which you can arrive at the desired destination as an educator.

  • The straight-forward way: Receive a degree in education, do the required student teaching portion of the degree, pass any state certification necessary depending on the state and find a job.
  • The path less traveled: Finding a teaching position in an area that is impoverished or otherwise less desireable (i.e. inner city) is easier for people who want to make their way into teaching without a traditional background. While these jobs are not necessarily the most sought-after, they can be the most rewarding.

In Canada, it is less likely that a person can become a teacher without the proper degree and certification. In fact, currently the market for educators in Canada is fairly saturated; not enough positions for all of the newly-minted teachers out there. Additionally, educators aren’t retiring at as quick a clip as they have been in the past few years.

What About Teaching At The University?

Teaching at the university is a daunting goal in either Canada or the US. Th

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e market is filled with many qualified, or even over-qualified, applicants that the competition is fierce. In addition, a lot of degree’s offered by colleges these days have little to no practical value in the real world; at least on their face.

Most, if not all of, these graduates have to seek positions in education, mostly higher education, due to the lack of options their degrees may provide. The hip trend of getting a degree in English or Humanities may be slowly dying out, but there are still a lot of people who have a PhD in Ancient Medieval Armor And Horsemanship that just aren’t going to be able to parlay that into a high paying job outside of education.

When PhD’s are applying for lower-level jobs at community colleges, as is the current market, it’s quite obvious it isn’t wrought with opportunity.

Canada Offers Educational Opportunity To Latin American Countries: Brazil, Peru

Peru, an eclectic and exotic country, is home to some of the most unique historical sites in the world. Their most famous historical site, Machu Picchu, is one of the current Seven Wonders of the World! Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century by an Incan kingdom and due to its unique historical heritage and amazing architecture, is one of the top traveling destinations on Earth!

But Peru is not the only South American country with unique trivia. Did you know that Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world? It also holds the record for being the longest country on Earth–it clocks in at about 2800 miles from the south tip of its borders to the north tip of its borders.

Because Brazil is so large, it comes as no surprise that it ranks among the highest in the world for a number of other factors, as well, including: the second highest in the number of airports, the second largest population people who identify their religion as Christian, and the third highest in the number of roadways!

It should come as no surprise that the Brazilian government is funding the Ciência sem Fronteiras Scholarship Program. The Ciência sem Fronteiras is a nationwide program dedicated to providing students in Brazil the opportunity to live abroad in Canada while expanding their knowledge in a variety of academic and practical areas–such as science, technology and technological innovation.

The program is available to undergraduate and graduate students in Brazil and, with the cooperation of the Canadian Bureau for International Education and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada will manage and place these students in Canadian universities or colleges with scholarships.

The selected students will stay in Canada for 12 or 16 months; students who qualify for immediate acceptance into academic classes will stay for 12 months, while students who require English language training will stay for 16 months, with the first few months of their stay focused on the learning of English.

The students chosen for this program will have a wide variety of Canadian academic programs on offer. These include programs in engineering, physical sciences, earth sciences, biology and biomedical sciences, aerospace technology, renewable energy studies, marine sciences, creative studies focused on technological development or innovation, nanotechnology–and much more. Some members of the program may be able to be placed in research or industry positions rather than academic or study positions, depending on their experience and background.

The program also offers the opportunity for Canadian students to travel to Brazil and expand their global worldview, while also improving relations between Canada and Brazil and fostering a relationship of cooperation and understanding. And that is why the primary goal Ciência sem Fronteiras is for both Brazilian and Canadian students to foster the growth of innovation and technology in Brazil and Canada through international cooperation, study and experience.

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