I have a BA in English Literature (1993) and after 3 kids, a private business with my husband and 41 years old, I recently decided to use my education for a better purpose than collecting dust so I applied and received my letter of eligibility for middle school english grades 5 - 9 (in Florida). I am told by the Florida Department of Education that all I need to do is take this letter to the school of my choice (preferrably my son's middle school) and apply for a job. Once I receive a position I will then get my actual "temporary certificate". I am very excited but very nervous as well. I tried to sign up for summer courses at my local university so that I feel that I am better qualified but these classes are very limited and I am too late to take them. My question is....where do I go from here? Is it feasible that I will get a teaching position like this? It seems very unlikely with so many other qualified teachers out there, especially those that have a degree in education. I am willing to take anyting to get my foot in the door, including substituting or even teacher's aide. Does anyone have any suggestions as to first, how I can be better prepared to approach either my son's principal or the job fair on July 21 and second, any reading materials and/or preparations. I have done alot of administrative work at colleges and universities and was PTO president for 2 years at my kids' school but this a teacher does not make....Please don't tell me to quit because this has been a dream of mine for many years and now, at 41, I feel that I can finally make it happen. Any suggestions, help and/or encouragement is greatly appreciated!!!