So, you want to be a teacher?
Well, first thing to know is that you have to have the disposition to be a teacher. It takes a certain type of person. You must be willing to adapt, solve problems, work with kids, and work hard.
But the rewards for teaching are quite immense and that's one of the perks about being a teacher. It can be fun and very satisfying.
it is true that schools have been laying off teachers. But it's not as bad as you think. Some districts and states are hiring, and there are shortages of math, science, bilingual, and special education teachers.
Teachers normally have a job that comes with some stability, a steady salary, and very good benefits.
You certainly need a college degree to start, then you need to be certified in some way. But, there are alternative programs in virtually all states. Some are internships, some are other programs rather than a traditional college avenue.
With the economy in the way it is, it just might be the perfect time to switch careers. You can get student loans and scholarships, and put off job hunting for at least a little while.
Virginia seems to be at the forefront of alternative ways to be a teacher. One new one is the Virginia Career Switchers program. You have to pass a test, take some online classes, then get into the classroom and get help in classroom skills during scheduled meetings. It takes about 18 months to complete the program and costs a little over $3,000. Keep in mind that math and science teachers are in high demand, while others may need to wait for an opening. If you have a college degree and want to teach, check out the program.
There are other national alternative ways to become a teacher. The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence is another way, but not all states recognize it. Another large program is the New Teacher Project.
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