Are you dedicated? Committed to teaching? Do you have expertise in your field? Are you knowledgeable about effective teaching and classroom management? Do you understand learning theories? Can you differentiate your instruction with relevance to the learner? Can you collaborate with other departments and grade levels and be a team player? Are you honest, hard-working, and competent? Do you possess high-quality personal characteristics such as being conscientious, caring, confident, creative, intelligent, articulate, enthusiastic, flexible, motivated, adaptable, and have a sense of humor? If you answered yes to these questions, employers are looking for you. Now that you know what employers ...


Question: I graduated from college in spring 2009 as a physical education major, but I realize my love is special education(moderate). I never certified in physical education, but my question is should I go back to school and get another bachelor degree in special education or should I try to get a master degree in special education? From Reader MB2003 Answer: If you have a love for special education, you can see if there is a university or state program that offers a certification for special education so you wouldn't have to go back for another bachelor's degree. My ...


What advice would you offer future teachers as they search for a teaching position? This question was asked in a survey sent to over 700 teachers in North Carolina, with 344 responding. The purpose of the survey was to collect data that will ultimately help current education students understand the job search process and develop their job search strategies. This survey was administered from April 15- June 30, 2009. Here is their advice: • Be patient -"BE PATIENT! Sometimes it takes awhile for positions to become available, I got my job just a few weeks before the new school year ...


Where Do I Begin? The Career Center You've heard the quotes: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." "No good ending can be expected in the absence of the right beginning." Whoa! Wait a minute. You chose a career and now you're faced with this whole job search thing! How are you going to make sense out of all this information? Fear not. You have a translator and advocate nearby if you are finishing an education program: the career center at your college or university. Even ...


Watching the Olympics games in Vancouver has reminded me of all the global opportunities for teachers. The world really is your job market. Last week alone I was contacted by an American school director from Vietnam and another looking for candidates to teach in Istanbul. Opportunities to teach in international schools continue to grow. However, the sponsorship and types of schools vary significantly. International schools are sponsored by governmental agencies, business agencies or individuals, for profit or non-profit. Similar to U.S. schools, most international schools hire certified teachers. Certification in multiple areas is highly valued and the ability to ...


Spring is just around the corner and we are quickly approaching the recruiting season for teachers. Teacher Career Fairs are great "one stop shops" for school district research and job search. For information about the teacher career fair and other teacher recruitment events, check your state or county's Departments of Education and teacher job websites, such as www.topschooljobs.org and www.aaee.org . Special Tips For Fair Success: • Check with the host organization (usually on their website) to find out who will be attending the fair. • Complete any necessary forms prior to attending (to avoid waiting in additional lines). • ...


Think differently about getting the message of your candidacy to the individuals responsible for hiring. In today's competitive job market where there may be hundreds or even thousands of applicants for each position, and with the advent of online applications, it is increasingly difficult to catch the attention of principals and human resource professionals. How can you rise above the crowd of applicants? How can you share a personal message about your candidacy? Consider creating a multi-media personal statement that highlights your personal vision of teaching, experiences supporting your candidacy, accomplishments, and credentials. Both iMovie (Mac) or MovieMaker (Windows) are ...


The application process for candidates can be a frustrating process considering the variance between what is expected from one school district to the next. While there are a number of school districts that require candidates to complete paper & pen applications, a growing number of districts require candidates to complete online applications. These online applications can be time-consuming endeavors that challenge the patience and test the desire of many candidates. Candidates need to understand that online applications are often the first place school district administrators will turn to when openings occur in their particular school or school district. Therefore, it is ...


When speaking with candidates during job fair events, I am often asked what people can do to "stand out" as they look for a position. Following are some things to keep in mind as you navigate the process: • Always be professional, courteous and considerate • Avoid spelling and grammar mistakes on your application materials and correspondence • Learn everything you can about the school district(s) that interest you (websites often contain a plethora of information) • Prepare good questions for job fairs and interviews • Express genuine interest and enthusiasm for the district • Be conscious of your personal "web presence" (social networking sites, ...


We are rapidly approaching a time when things get really hectic. Whether you are an administrative or teacher candidate, there are tasks that you can be completing now to make it easier this spring. The job search process will require a variety of documents which would be helpful to start developing and collecting now. • Resume - create your resume, consult your career center for assistance. It needs to be highly readable and contain information regarding your teaching experience, student teaching or other experiences involving children/students. There are also some great specialized books on resumes written for teacher candidates. • Cover ...


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