With the movement toward the professionalization of teaching and national teacher certification programs, it is critical that people understand what it takes to become an educator before they enter the field. This book encourages readers to contemplate the complexities, diverse responsibilities, and the commitment of time and energy it takes to become a successful teacher. Offers expanded treatment of the contributions of women and minorities throughout American education. Provides an overview of the equal educational opportunities for migrant and immigrant children and youth. Discusses developing leadership roles for teachers in an era of school reform. For Educators and Educational Administrators, and anyone interested in American Education.