Do you think this will be more common for first year teachers to be this age due to lack of jobs/hiring freezes/career changers? If I don't find a full time teaching job within the next 2 years, I'm saying the hell with teaching all together I think. I got certified in 20s (had to get my masters to get certified.) Plus, my license will be expired by then. I can't imagine just beginning teaching in my 40s if I continue to wait on a teaching career.