How Do I Get My Teaching Certificate/degree?
I graduated from college with a bachelors in Communications and have been working in Marketing for the past four years. Since I had my son, I keep thinking about how great it would be to have a job that would allow me more time at home with him. I have always wanted to be a teacher, but never persued it. Now, I think it would be a great move for me, but I have NO IDEA how to get started. Is there some kind of test I need to take? Do I need to get a certificate? Do I need to go back to school. If so, what schools have the best programs? Are there jobs available (I live in the city) on the elementry school level?
T.F. answers from Chicago on March 18, 2007
I teach in the School of Education at DePaul University. I really think this is an excellent program to go through. Almost all of the graduate students are career switchers (from the corporate world). It would be almost pointless to get another bachelor's degree in teaching b/c the pay will be low. Your best bet is getting a Master's. UIC, Roosevelt, Northeastern, and
Erikson also have programs in the city. DePaul is great b/c it really focuses on preparing Urban Educators. Once you finish your program you would have a Master's degree and an Illinois Teaching Certificate.
Another route is to do a direct-entry program where you teach during the day and get paid and go to school at night. These programs look appealing but I caution you. they aren't always as highly respected as traditional programs.
There are plenty of jobs in the city. You'd be able to find a job pretty easily once you finish (about 2 years).
I will caution you--teaching is not an easy job. While it seems you'll have an easy schedule and a lot of time off; you'll have to do a lot of work outside of the job, especially in the first few years. I'm not trying to discourage you. I just want you to know the facts before you pursue a degree and complete life change.
Please e-mail me if you'd like to learn more. I've been teaching education courses at the college level for a few years and I can give you some more advice if you need it.
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