Student Teaching & Full-time Job

Discussion in 'Student & Preservice Teachers' started by Hannah Vigiano, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Feb 15, 2017

    Hello! I am planning to go into a 2-year credential program starting in the fall. I know student teaching happens in the last year of the credential program and it seems that the trend is to not work at all while you are in it because of how time-consuming and rigorous the program is. I do not know yet what kind of job I will have while I am in the program, I will be getting engaged this year and married by the time I enter student teaching. I fear that if I have to resort to quitting the job I have at that time, finances will be too difficult to meet. My goal is to find a job in the school district as a teacher assistant or a specialist of some sort. I know some credential programs will allow your work to overlap with student teaching if you have the right kind of job! If you have experience with any of these things I would love to know how you handled it and what you did! Thank you!
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    I think that you will need to seek direction from your specific program. My own program did not allow me to "overlap" anything because student teaching isn't the same as working as an assistant or specialist.

    When I was student teaching, I worked as a weekend night auditor at a hotel. I only worked on Friday and Saturday nights (overnight), but still managed to get almost 20 hours per week with those two days. Because of the nature of the job, I was able to get a lot of grading and planning done at work, so it was like having a built-in study hall.
     
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    This would be strictly prohibited by my district.

    Like Caesar, I also worked a night job to get through that time, especially as I could lesson plan during slow hours. Oh, and a $500 inclusive wedding :)
     
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    My program also didn't "allow" you to have jobs but then the program directors said they wouldn't have been able to get through the program themselves without a job-which was weird. I worked two jobs: one at the cafe on campus once a week at night and any weekend hours I could pick up and after school 4 days a week at a daycare until they closed at 6. It was a little difficult to juggle at some times but I would not have been able to pay for rent and tuition without the jobs and I feel like programs kind of understand that.
     
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    My school 'forbid' other activities (even extracurriculars) during student teaching. I worked the early shift at a convenience store on campus on Sundays. I needed some way to pay for my gas since my placements were both 30-40 minute commutes. I was never confronted, nor did I explicitly tell or ask the department chair if I could. I also sang in the women's choir which I had done for 3 years prior so I was not giving that up in my last semester. It worked out. I never felt that I had time management problems.
    I don't know about 'overlapping' your job with student teaching. I don't think it would have been approved at my school.
     
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    That wouldn't fly here. Student teaching IS your "full-time job". You have to go to your school placement every day, same hours as your cooperating teachers.
    You could work part-time on the weekends or after student teaching at a daycare (most close at 6 or 6:30). You COULD probably work enough hours after student teaching and on the weekends to equal 40 hours but then you'd have no home or social life and your new husband might be sad!
     
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    I worked retail full time while student teaching. It was a lot of late nights, but doable.
     
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    My program discouraged working while student teaching but also acknowledged that a lot of students needed to do it and suggested working as little as possible. I babysat 3 times a week (2 weekday evenings, one weekend day) while student teaching and it was enough to squeak through. (I was also already married at the time, however, and had my husband's salary as well which wasn't high but was enough that I didn't have to work quite so much). As far as double-dipping on a job and student teaching, you'd have to talk to your program, like others have already said. That will probably also depend on state certification rules as well. I have a friend who was working at a teacher's aide while doing her undergrad and she had to take a leave of absence while student teaching because logistically there's no way to do both and being an aide is not the same thing as student teaching.
     
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    Came here to say this. I worked part time during student teaching and it was fewer than 10 hours per week. It was HARD. Student teaching is full time and then some with class work on top of planning.
     
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    My son struggled terribly with trying to take one grad class (which his advisor was aware of, but didn't share with anyone) and do his student teaching. When his supervising teacher finally realized that the school had enrolled him in a class with his ST, my son was forced to withdraw 2/3 of the way through. The redo: no other coursework, no job, very successful. Save money now, such as a smaller wedding, etc., and don't work during ST.
     
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    Hi Hannah! Congratulations on your engagement!

    I am in my semester before student teaching, so I am in my CoT's 2nd grade classroom 2 full days a week. Having just taught three lessons on fractions, chatted with student teachers who are in their full-time semester, and realizing what a student teacher is responsible for (every lesson, every day), I know that student teaching 5 days a week is going to be A LOT of work. After each of my fraction lessons, my CoT gave me about 15 minutes to regroup, put things away, put all the papers into piles, etc., and rejoin the class when all that was settled. She chuckled after the 2nd lesson and said, "You know that next semester, you're just going to have to go straight to the next thing!" My jaw dropped.

    My suggestion is to enjoy your engagement and wedding planning, and consider stretching out your coursework so that you are full-time student teaching AFTER your wedding. Hth. And welcome!
     

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