Career Changers: How did you get your first job?

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  1. starflower32

    starflower32 Rookie

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    May 26, 2019

    I'm turning 40 this year and while I have been working at a university in various support roles, I have no experience teaching. I'm hoping to teach middle school and I've passed my social studies 4-8 certification. I've also coached quite a few youth sports teams. I've done my observation hours, but that is about the extent of my actual in class experience.
    I can't really sub because I'm working full time and I need that income. Any advice on how to get my first teaching position? I was also considering taking my EC-12 special education certification test...would that help my chances of landing a job? TIA!
     
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  3. Pi-R-Squared

    Pi-R-Squared Groupie

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    You need to follow your state guidelines. Research the requirements for your state and see if you meet them. If not, do what you need to do to get there.
     
  4. TeacherNY

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    I think taking additional tests is great and will certainly help you get a job but you might need to take additional courses as well depending on your state requirements.
     
  5. Pisces

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    Since you work at a university, you could ask your Education department about what the best route is. I am sure they have good teacher preparation programs. They can advise you on state requirements as well. Also, I am guessing you get a tuition waver since you work at a university? That is a huge plus.
     
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    Well my interview story is this: I was between jobs. I lost my job as a secretary, and my daughter’s principal, noticed I was walking her to school. I couldn’t afford to keep her in daycare five days a week, so I stayed home and walked her to school and tried to get a couple interviews in, and get back by three. We talked and she told me I could become a teacher’s assistant/paraprofessional because I had an A.A. degree. And next thing I know she was coaching me into becoming a teacher ...and so I did.
     

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