Other jobs with a teaching degree?

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  1. Miss Steele

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    This is my second year trying to get a teaching job and I'm starting to freak out. After applying to over 100 schools in Ohio and getting only one interview (which unfortunately came the day after I found out that my mom has cancer) I'm starting to accept the fact that I may not get a teaching job. I would like to go back to school and get a special ed degree, but that would cost more that I can be guaranteed to make by subbing (which I am sick of after doing it for almost two years). So, my question is, what other types of jobs can you get when you have a teaching degree? I just need some kind of job that I can earn enough money to support myself and go to school and has insurance benefits.

    Teaching is what I want to do and it's very hard for me to try and accept that it's not going to happen (at least not just yet). I feel like I've tried all of my options (I almost applied in North Carolina, but now that my mom is sick, I can't leave this area). So, any suggestions would be so so so helpful! :)
     
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  3. MzB

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    OH MY!!!

    First, I'm sorry to hear about your mother. :(

    Second, I am VERY SURPRISED that you couldn't find a job. Not at you personally, but that there are none to be had in Ohio. When your Mom gets better, you all need to move down here to MD. We have plenty of jobs for you lol. A lot of teachers are at retiring age, so spaces are here for the taking.

    Outside of that, to your main question, you could try day care. If you have a degree in Early Childhood. Other teacher degree jobs:

    -tutoring center (Sylvan's or something like that)
    -Private tutoring
    -teachercare.com (independent teaching)
    -Nanny (you can command more money since you'll actually be teaching the children)
    -Do a search on monster or career builder. You'd be surprised what comes up under education

    Hope that helps. Just keep your head up, something WILL come through. Maybe your unsuccessful searches were to keep you in Ohio for your Mom's benefit. Never know what the Plans are :)
     
  4. hanvan

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    There is a girl at my school who moved to tx from ohio with her husband (hes a coach). she said it was tough there...good luck
     
  5. Irissa

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    I worked at a college for a few years they like degrees they dont nessisaraly care what degree it is.
     
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    Miss Steele, I am in Ohio too-eastern. There are no jobs here either. I graduted in Nov.2004 and subbed this year. My family and I are reloacted just so I can find a job :(
     
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    I had a wonderful job for a while working as a behavioural interventionist with autistic children. You could look into hospitals and associations that help children in some capacity or another.

    Don't give up! Some day, when you least expect it, you'll get a call.
     
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    Does Ohio have any option schools like on-line school? In CO we have a couple of different options both the homeschool route, but teachers work with students to help guide instruction and curriculum. You may check that out through your state department.

    I am sorry to hear jobs are so tight. Maybe that's why I meet so many people from other states that come here! We just hired a gal from Ohio. She has been in CO a few years.

    Are you trying mainly public schools? How about private schools or charters? Some companies hire teachers to train other employees. Also, are there any educational based companies there?

    If you want a classroom job, try to stay close to that. Leaving the realm might get you sidetracked but maybe you need a job that's a little lighter load so you can have your "all" for your mom. Maybe it's a gentle nudge in a different direction at the moment. Sometimes things happen for a reason. Once your mom gets better and gets through the rough times, then maybe it'll be time to land a teaching job.
     
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    Ohio is rotten right now.
     
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    New Hampshire is not good at this time either. I have been looking for a position for a year. I have taken long term subbing, and have sent out hundreds of resumes. I just keep looking and mailing. It is discouraging, but I try to keep positive.
     
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    Ok, at least I am not the only one feeling that way, that I really want to teach, but wondering if it's really ever going to happen. Miss Steele, I wish you the best of luck!
     
  12. Miss Steele

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. I feel better knowing that I'm not the only person in a situation like this. I've tried charter schools and I am going to try more private schools and see what happens. My aunt suggested the nanny thing to me too so I may look into that. I just feel very frustrated at the moment because I've worked so hard for something and I'm getting nothing out of it. I'm sure things will turn around for me eventually. :)
     
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    Maryland has a ton of jobs right now...more than a third of all of our teachers are at retirement age, and everyone is freaking out about a possible shortage in the upcoming years. We always start out the school year with some classrooms that have subs in them, because we haven't been able to find a permanent teacher for that position...

    That said, my dh works for the federal government and runs a training center. They are ALWAYS hiring people to teach others how to teach. Just hired a good friend of ours from high school who was an elementary school media specialist to teach courses on cooperative learning.
    Kim
     
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    I AM SO SORRY... this doesn't sound right at all. I cannot believe how a state can be so discouraging about hiring new teachers. May I ask why jobs in Ohio are so limited? (I honestly don't know...)

    In Florida, we have focused so much on class size reduction that we had to hire more teachers for this coming school year. What is frustrating is that some people who aren't exactly certified are entering the profession... and they don't know much about teaching. Of course this isn't true for all in that situation, but it is for some... I am just appalled at the differences in all the states.
     
  15. Miss Steele

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    I'm not exactly sure why it's so hard to get a job in Ohio but I have some theories.

    -There are a lot of good colleges (esp. in my area - cincy, dayton) and they are producing a lot of new teachers 2 or 3 times a year.
    -A lot of schools are not passing their levies so that means less positions available.
    -A lot of older teachers are staying on a few extra years to get some extra retirement benefits.
    -Ohio recently changed the licenses so that you can have either Early Childhood (PreK-3), Middle Childhood (4-8 or 9), or Secondary. Sooo many people are Early Childhood which makes it harder for me and everyone else who has the same licensure to get a job. I would be willing to teach 4th or 5th grade, but it would take a lot of classes to get my license in middle childhood. I like that I got an education in child development and we really concentrated on the PreK-3 grades, but I wish there was a way that I could teach 4th or 5th without going back to school for a long time.
    -A lot of people in Ohio want to be teachers? I don't really know.

    The funny thing is, when I first started my education classes 4 or 5 years ago, they told me that there would be TONS of jobs and that we could be selective about where we wanted to work. :(
     
  16. SpaceAngel

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    Yep, up here in Cleveland, Cleveland Muni schools laid off close to 500 teachers for next year! And last year, they laid off a lot, too. Other districts too are laying off. So, there are lots of laid off teanchers and lots of brand spanking new teachers like Miss Steele and myself.

    Plus, the new licensure is all wonky....I feel like if two teachers interview for the same job, and one is ECE and one is the old elementary (what was that, k-8 or so?) but are otherwise qualified, who do you think they will pick? The teacher that is more limited in what they can teach? Or, the one they can stick in fourth or fifth grade next year if they need to?

    Miss Steele, you and I must have started around the same time, right after they made the switch...and guess what? I have heard they are returning to the old way in 2007. It also sounds like things aren't much better in Cincy, like the Career Services at my school told me they were! I am actually looking at Cincy as a place to work, we have family down there.
     
  17. Miss Steele

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    Cincinnati Public Schools laid off 122 teachers for this coming year. So, even the inner city schools are in bad shape. I actually know two people who moved to the Dayton area from Cleveland to get teaching jobs, but one teaches at a charter school and the other teaches at a private school and neither one is guaranteed work the next year.

    I don't understand why they didn't divide it up into K-5 and 6-9 for early and middle childhood. That would make more sense to me because most elementaries go up to 5th grade and most 4th and 5th grade teachers are self-contained unless it's for 1 or 2 subjects.

    Good luck -- hopefully, for all of us who don't have jobs yet, we'll get the best jobs ever in the coming weeks :)
     
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    The new certification does sound a little out-of-the-ordinary. I interned in second grade, yet got my teaching position in fourth grade. A person's mind also changes about what they really want. In college, I really wanted to teach upper elementary, but having the internship changed my mind for a while and I was considering that.

    As for the self-contained classroom, I am all except for math. Last year, we switched classes for high or low math and reading.
     
  19. kimrandy1

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    In MD, you can be certified as Early Childhood (birth- age 8), elementary (grades 1-8) or secondary (grades 6-12). So, each certification overlaps the others a little bit. I am Early Childhood, and I've taught PK, K and 2nd grade.
    Kim
     
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    In Ohio, it is PK-3 for Early Childhood, Middle childhood is 4-9 with a focus on two subjects, and the Adolescent/Young Adult is grades 7-12.
     
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    In IL, you get Early Childhood (0-3rd), El Ed (K-9), Middle Level (also K-9 but a focus on middle school in your classes), or Secondary (6-12)... special ed, PE, art, music are all K-12
     

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