Post # 1
I am in my last year of university to obtain my Bachelor’s in Education. I am an “older” student who desperately needed a career change.
Only problem is, teaching jobs are almost impossible to get these days! I am really hoping I didn’t just waste 70 grand to stay a secretary.
On the upside, my university is the only in my state that has a “Middle School Education” degree. I will be certified to teach grades 4 through 9 in either English or Social Studies (preferably Social Studies).
Do you think it will be easier to get a job since I am not looking to teach Elementary School? Was it difficult for you to find a job?
Post # 3
I’m elementary certified, but I think you having 4-9 as an option will be very attractive to districts. In some districts, including mine, you would be able to teach elementary-high school. So, you should have a wider range of options available to you.
Teaching jobs can be difficult to come by, depending on your location. If you can relocate, some areas are truly desperate for teachers. My district is in one of the toughest states to become a teacher and has the most new teacher turn out from the colleges. Districts all over are seeing budget cuts, layoffs, and pay freezes. In my district, there are 7 teachers retiring and about 8 leaving next year…. they aren’t planning on ANY new hires to replace them. I have no clue how that’s going to be happening, but apparently it will be.
So, that’s not to discourage you, but just a realistic view of what’s happening right now. The best thing to do is network and consider relocating to an area that really needs teachers.
Post # 4
I teach middle school. Are you getting your endorsement in addtion to an elementary or secondary certificate?
I would say that a middle school endorsement alone would appeal to middle schools, but as you said jobs are hard to come by and the more certifications you have the more appealing you can become to a district.
Post # 5
I would start as a substitute teacher right now while you’re finishing school. It is a great way to get your foot into a district and make a name for yourself. I know a ton of teachers that got hired because they took a “long term” substitute teacher job and got hired after. Try try. Or volunteer. Anything to get people to know you because now a days it’s all about “who knows who” and lot’s of times people interviewing always have “someone in mind” already, but have to go through the protocol of interview process. Getting your foot in anyway is helpful where I’m from. That’s for sure.
Good luck! I love middle school kids.