I am not a teacher yet, far from it. Here's my situation...I'm a teacher assistant for special ed in a junior high. I've been doing this same type of job with the district, diff schools, for 2 years now. I enjoy it but am highly underpaid. I want to go back to school *have a bachelor's in science now* and get certified to teach sped. So should i? I'm having so so so many doubts and I'm not sure why. I would do the postbacc online program. They say takes about 2 years. Then certification fees, state testing, etc. Why am I so hesitant? I guess I'm so worried I'm going to go through all this and then hate it. I want this to work. I've read lots of threads of first year and 2nd year teachers that hate their jobs. How awful I'd feel if I went through all this, the fees, the loans, the student teaching, and then hated it and quit after a year or two! I want this to be a career of mine, not just a job. PLEASE ADVISE! any thoughts, tips, hints, things to get me through if I do decide to do this??? I'm 37 and have 4 kids, still in the home. married. Oh ease my mind, please!