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The purpose of this paper was to investigate and analyze the reasons advanced by Post Grade Diploma in Education students (PGDE) for choosing teaching as a career. The subjects of the study were 102 students of which 58 were females and 44 were males. The average age for this group of students was 23. Data were collected using a questionnaire in which a quantitative approach was employed using closed and open-ended questions. The findings of the study revealed that, PGDE students choose the teaching profession mainly for extrinsic reasons such as job security and economic advancement. The paper also indicated that student teachers chose teaching as a career because they wanted to serve the community.


This article has been funded by the University of Tennessee's Open Publishing Support Fund.

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