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June 15, 2011

Graduate School: Where do I start?

Recently, a reader indicated that she has graduated with a Liberal Studies major and a Multiple Subject Credential that allows her to teach Kindergarten to 8th Grade. She is having "great doubts" about whether she wants to pursue elementary school teaching and wonders what other career options she ...

April 09, 2011

Is an advanced degree for me?

Question from a reader: "Is an advanced degree (MA or PhD) a helpful asset or actually a disadvantage when it comes to keeping one's teaching job or getting hired in today's tough market (because administrators and districts have to pay those with advanced degrees more money)? In other words, is i...

December 23, 2010

The "Over-educated" Myth?

Often, when presenting seminars on the teacher job search, I am asked if a newly credentialed teacher should immediately pursue a master's degree. Because the pay scale is higher for teachers who hold a graduate degree, teacher candidates assume that having the graduate degree puts them at a disadva...

October 11, 2010

Best opportunities to gain classroom management and instructional experience

Reader Question: As a rising sophomore elementary education major, what are the best opportunities to gain classroom management and instructional experience prior to my student teacher program? Dear Reader: Many teacher preparation programs offer students opportunities (through class work) to obser...

June 04, 2009

Helping Students Prepare for a Teaching Career

A few years ago a student came into my office to discuss his teaching career. He said, “I just finished student teaching. I graduate in two months and I hate teaching. What do I do now?” I was stunned. How did this student get so far in his education without getting experience in the classr...

December 09, 2008

Preparing for the Transition to Administration

When sitting on the sidelines, it is easy to second guess the coach’s play calling. But, when you’re put into the position of making the calls yourself, you quickly find out it’s not as simple as it looks. The same is true when you become an administrator, decisions that looked like “no br...

June 30, 2008

After-graduation teacher-training programs: a god-send or a curse?

Recently I was surprised to hear two different school districts in major cities advertising for “anyone with a bachelor’s degree” to apply to teach. The advertisements stated that the districts were desperate for teachers and could certify anyone with a bachelor’s degree. One district even...

June 23, 2008

Hiring teachers before they student teach

This past May has been unusual for my office. I help place student teachers into the positions where they will student teach for the fall semester. In past years this has been fairly normal and fairly routine. The reason I have called this past month "unusual" is that four of the math majors I pl...

May 01, 2007

Recruiter to Teacher Candidate

As a teacher and administrator recuiter, I often get the same questions from inexperienced candidates who are looking fot the "first job". They are sure that they are the most qualified candidates and cannot understand how they are being passed up for interviews. I certainly understand the frustra...

April 04, 2007

Becoming an English Teacher

Suzette asked for advice regarding a degree and certification in English. Jack Kronser (HR director in Colorado) writes that "from a school district perspective, we find a good supply of English teachers, but we are always looking for excellent teachers in all fields. I would suggest that you have...

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