Completely Lost will appreciate help

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  1. CorneliaPrim

    CorneliaPrim New Member

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    Hi, I'm a young single mother with no teaching experience who has a BA in English and a good background in Psychology and Sociology. The problem is that I have no clue as to how to go about looking into this career. I know I have to take the Praxis 1 and at least have a BA in something in order to work in the K-12 area in my district. I don't know where to start and what I can do over the summer to gain experience (that pays a decent amount) before looking for work as a teacher. Should I attend workshops, volunteer, apply to a summer camp? Does the interviewing process usually occur year round? Also there is a bit of a dilemna because the district that has the most positions available also pays the least and I'm not sure if i can survive on 10/hr for the substituting positions thaat are open. I was thinking of working over the summer in an office and volunteer as a tutor after work. I'm not sure if that experience will be good enough. Or should I possibly work as a substitute teacher and find another job on the side? I want to explore my options in this profession and I really do not like office work. I prefer to be in a social enviroment and to have the ability to really help people. I love working with kids and I really want to give back to the community that helped raise me. I would really like to help do that effectively. I'm just not sure how.

    Wow that was a mouthful! Well any help is greatly appreciated. :) Thanks.
     
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    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    Hi and welcome!

    I would imagine a good starting place would be the website for your state dept of education. Take a look at "alternative certificaiton" there.

    Also, maybe you could tell us where you're from; someone here may have some personal experience that could help!
     
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    I'm from the Bridgeport, CT area.
     
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    I looked into alternative certification, but I wonder does that give you hands on experience. I was thinking of doing alternative certification first and then going back to school to get my masters. Is it best to do the alternative certification while working in a completely different field?
     
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    My degree is in Psychology. I had to do the alternate route to teaching to obtain my license. In my case, I attended graduate school courses as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching at Belhaven College. In our state, you have to have a BA. Then you take Measurement and Evaluation and Classroom Management. After you take that you have to take AND pass Praxis I and II in your subject area...mine being elementary. I will add that if you do the alternate route here you can only teach 4-8 grade and secondary for whatever you are endorsed in which in your case would be English. You have to have 21 hours or more OR pass the Praxis II in a subject to add it on as an endorsement. When I first started the program I substituted so I could get a feel for it and make sure it was what I wanted to do. It was! After I took those first two classes and passed the Praxis series I got a job as a fourth grade teacher. Our state gives you a 3 year provisional license to teach, but before those 3 years are up you have to take 2 more classes. They are called Dimensions I and II. Dimensions I is teaching you strategies basically. It pulled a lot from Harry Wong's book. Dimensions II is a portfolio class. You have to be teaching to take the class. I haven't taken this one yet though. All I know is that it's a portfolio class based upon work you are doing in school. We were also observed by veteran teachers. My observer was actually someone from the state dept. of ed. I was very prepared for teaching as a career when I started. I don't know about other states though. I just know that we have a major teacher shortage and they are trying to get more people into the field. It's not a cakewalk though. You have to do the work and take the tests. I am actually going to finish up with my masters since I've basically already started. The courses I've had to take for the alternate route are courses that go towards a masters degree.
     

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