Instead of pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in education, I obtained a teaching credential in math. I found this made the most sense as I already had a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Business Administration and I wanted to be a math teacher. Without a degree in math I had to pass two subject exams, CSET I and II, and observe 45 hours of instruction before being accepted into the credential program. The two years of study and student teaching were very valuable. They positively impacted my understanding of how students learn and what challenges they face in today's classrooms. I also gained a much deeper appreciation for what teachers must complete daily or weekly in order to meet campus, district, and even state requirements.