The teaching degree is one of two things. It can be an education degree program coupled with all the mandatory requirements for certification, or it can be a master’s level degree program that will help you perform at a greater level while also boosting your salary potential.
Important things to consider when looking into teaching degree options…
- Teaching certification or Master’s degree and teaching certification.
- Consider whether you would like to attend a campus-based institution or an online teaching degree program.
For individuals who need a teaching certification, strictly teacher certification programs will often take a year and a half to complete. Master’s programs with teaching certification will often take 2 years. So, committing to 6 months more of school can earn you a master’s degree, a teaching certification, and an increase in salary potential of $5,000 to $10,000 a year depending on where you live.
Secondly, you should be considering whether you would like to earn your degree at a campus-based school or through an online institution. Depending on what you are looking for, each option has their own benefits and drawbacks. If you are looking for a break in your busy life, going to a campus-based school may be what you’re looking for. You will have lots of time before and after class commuting in your car and walking across your campus. For those with relatively few responsibilities, this can be a fun and relaxing option.
However, for those with families and/or a need for that paycheck every month, the online option may be a better way to go. There are currently quite a few schools out there offering online teaching degree programs that are state approved and the institutions are fully accredited. These online teaching degree programs can provide you with all the skills and education you need to become a successful teacher.
So, there are various options available for people with different constraints and interests.
The best thing to do is assess your current situation and then start contacting schools offering teaching degree programs to learn which school and method of learning appeals best to you.
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It may seem like a small thing, but for busy people, substitute teaching’s flexible hours can make a career turn from “impossible” to “why not?”.
Many substitute teachers are in the process of a career change. How difficult is it to learn about other careers?
You certainly can’t jump into working as an architect for two afternoons a week to see if you like the work. Nor would anyone in their right mind let you work in the emergency room as a nurse or medic for 3 hours every Tuesday morning.
Substitute teaching offers a unique opportunity for people to get first hand experience in the industry of education. With very little commitment, you can walk into a middle school classroom and act as if you are a certified professional teacher for the day.
You want to work in the afternoons? fine. You want to sub in the mornings, but have to teach an aerobics class in the afternoon? fine! You can make your own schedule and fit this job in with whatever else you have going on in your life.
You can space out the days you work. You can reflect on the days that you have already taught so you can change your teaching methods or speak with other teachers about what works and what doesn’t. You can do this without feeling as if you’re falling behind on grading papers or preparing your students for upcoming standardized tests.
Spend your extra time assessing whether or not working with children is right for you, assess whether working with other teachers is the right environment for you. Learn on your own time whether or not, as a substitute teacher, you have the desired impact on the lives of your students. You can take as much time as you need, you can invest as much of yourself as you want before you ever truly consider entering the field of education as a professionals teacher.
Or, simply enjoy substitute teaching as something you like to do as part of your weekly routine.
Flexible hours… it truly is a wonderful thing!