Post # 1
I am currently working in Guest Services and have a bachelors in Social Science. I have been seriously considering a career change to teaching Social Studies. In college, I was an education major but changed majors once I transfered to a new school so I may graduate on time. I love kids, I have done practicums in the pass and I feel teaching is where I need to be. In FL they have a temporary teaching certificate that is good for three years. I am seriously considering applying for it. Do any bees have any advice or information that may help me get into the teaching field this summer. My job with Guest Services is slated to end in June unless they bring me on permanently. I am 22 and getting married in August so still quite young but just looking for some guidance. 🙂
Post # 3
Have you ever done any student teaching? I know you say you’ve done practicum, but when I was in college going through my teaching program, practicum was more observation than actually teaching. Start looking for job postings around March-April when schools hand out contracts for the next year. Pump up your résumé with as much hands-on experience as possible, and have copies of lesson plans and units you’ve created to share with interviewers. Also, go through schools’ websites an make sure you’re familiar with their programs, whether they’ve been given awards, etc. It shows you’ve done your research. I’m a third year high school English teacher, and I was 23 when I first started interviewing for positions. I was often told that I was passed over for someone with more experience, which is frustrating. Be prepared to look for substitute teaching options if a long term position doesn’t come up. It will greatly help your resume by showing you have classroom experience. Good luck!
Post # 4
It’s a great career, and very rewarding. Something to think about, though: in the states where I’ve lived, social studies positions are the hardest jobs to get. I worked with a lot of social studies-certified teachers who moved to special ed or another discipline because they couldn’t find jobs in SS. Having a temporary certificate and no experience will make it even more difficult. I’ve never worked in FL, but this has been my experience in 2 other states. If I were you, I would take a few more classes to get certified in special ed, ELL or another subject that is in high demand. GL!
Post # 5
@msbriezyb: Teaching is the most rewarding career in my opinion. Have you done any substitute teaching? In my district you can apply for a sub license when you have 64 college credits. Long term sub positions give the sub a chance to do the lesson plans, all the paperwork, grading, copying, RTI, trainings, meetings etc that regular classroom teachers get to experience daily. Im on my 7th year of teaching and even though it gets tough and I get challenged daily, I wouldnt have chosen any other career.
Post # 7
@mjwyatt84: I have not done any subbing yet. With My current job is hard. I kind of want to quite and do just subbing but with a wedding coming I can’t.
Post # 8
@HughJazz: thank you for the advice. I truly appreciate it. Oddly fl has quite a lot of social studies positions.
@FutureMrsBex: no student teaching but 12 hours of practicium and I was a youth cheer coach before I moved. I am looking into other programs to get certified I passed up mattending for my MAT due to wanting to move to FL can’t help but think what a dumb choice lol