I have about 7 years experience as a planner. I have a master's and I am getting the itch for something new. I have longed thought about becoming a teacher but the requirements to teach younger grades basically requires me to quit my job to go to school. Two questions here: one, why do you need a "teaching degree" to teach elementary and high school kids but not community colleges or universities? Why is there no online program to get the necessary requirements while working? And two, has anyone thought about this life path? Has it been successful, not worth it, etc? The main thing holding me back is the $20,000 pay loss (not considering the time not working). Things are pretty comfortable right now but sometimes I think I'd be happier doing something more meaningful with my life.