June 2011 Archives

Because teaching certification is sanctioned by individual states, teacher candidates often wonder how to transfer their credentials from one state to another. While there are requirements that are unique to each state, the process is manageable. Here are some tips: 1) Begin with the State Certification Office - Typically this agency is referred to as the Department of Education (DOE) for the state. The American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) provides a comprehensive list of state certification offices in its annual Job Search Handbook for Educators. You can also Google the DOE for individual states. 2) Navigate as an ...


Last week, a reader indicated that she is having "great doubts" about whether she wants to pursue elementary school teaching and wonders what other career options she might pursue. There are many reasons to consider career opportunities outside of traditional classroom teaching: a) lack of teaching vacancies; b) uncertainty about classroom "fit"; c) new goals or emerging interests; d) work parameters. Regardless of your motivation for looking at education-related positions, the good news is that there are many opportunities to consider. Here is a sample list: Private and Charter Schools - If you are still interested in teaching, but are ...


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 might pursue. She adds, "I am thinking of continuing my education and receiving my Master's Degree, but I am confused as to what field of education fits me best. If you could help by guiding me towards different routes and directions to go to for help, it would be greatly appreciated." There ...


A reader recently asked, "If I don't have actual experience in working as a guidance counselor, but I have experience in it within my college career, would that be considered experience?" This question brings up the perplexing dilemma first time professional job seekers face when they apply for entry-level positions where employers prefer candidates with "experience." Naturally, the job seeker asks, "How can I gain experience if employers only want candidates with experience?" How employers determine who is "experienced" may vary according to the employer. Most of the time, employers will define experience as teaching or counseling employment, not student ...


The teacher job market for the 2011-12 academic year is the toughest one I have seen during my 32 years in education. Even schools that need teachers may not have the funds to hire them. I still have hope that state governments will eventually provide the funds for school districts to hire the teachers needed to educate students from grades K through 12. But that funding may not come this year or even next year. If your passion is to teach, keep this long-term goal in mind as you navigate a short-term job market with few opportunities for the coming ...


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