Post # 1
Hello my fellow teacher bee’s! I have a question…
I just graduated from college with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, endorsed in Reading and Early Childhood Education. I live in Michigan where there are not many teaching jobs. I was wondering if anyone else who has a teaching certificate can help me find a job…
Yes, I have applied on all the local consortiums. Oakland, Monroe, Wayne, Ann Arbor, etc. I have many years experience working in preschools and would prefer to stick to K-2 unless a preschool teacher position is Head Start, etc. I am not interested in working in daycares where I make less than $10 an hour because I can nanny for more than that an hour.
OR..does anyone know of any posiitons I can do while using my teaching degree?
Thanks much! 🙂
Post # 3
Have you volunteered at all? Are you on the supply teaching list?
You could try tutoring (either with a company or on your own) or working at day camps in the meantime.
Post # 4
Supply teaching? Whats that?
I have volunteered, I have done camps…
My loans are going to kick in soon so I cant really voluneteer and work for free. lol. I am also subbing..
Post # 5
Supply teaching is long-term subbing.
Post # 6
@MissEMich: Supply teaching is just “subbing”. You go in for just the day.
Hopefully you can frequent a few schools and they can hire you on after they get to know you.
Post # 7
Here, supply teaching is much longer than just one day. Sometimes it lasts months (like when the teacher goes on maternity leave).
Post # 8
@csperry2: That is what we call an LTO (Long Term Occasional)
Post # 9
It took awhile to get my teaching position also! It is rough, and my loans KILLED me. If you don’t have steady income and no possibility of a long-term position- you may look into deferring them. I know it’s a last resort thing, but just keep it in mind.
Also, you may want to check out Indiana. I know they’re somewhat lenient (sp?) on the licensure (also sp?… I’m too worn out to really care to look it up, sorry). We just had a new evaluation tool put into place for the state- and it is a BIG change for a lot of people. Just asks a lot of things that are “best practice”- however, not a habit…. Which, is causing a lot of people to retire. Most schools are back in session in my area now- so I’m not sure that there will be many positions opening up- but it may be worth looking into. Our DOE website used to have a listing of many positions. If you’re willing to move- Check it out. My school alone (elementary) hired 5 new teachers.
Post # 10
Go to graduate school. Puts off the loans and makes you more employable.
Post # 11
Have you looked at teach for America? I had two friends who went that route to get started with their teaching career.
Post # 12
I second subbing. You can sub for more than one school district. It gets your foot in the door and the schools get to know you.
The teaching profession is very tough right now. My district just had a bunch of layoffs this spring. They were able to bring many of the teachers back due to early retirements, but there are still a lot of teachers out of work.
One of my friends is a teacher and she was a stay-at-home mom for several years before trying to get back into the local school system. She was unable to find a job (even with a master’s degree, probably because she didn’t have any recent experience from being home for so long) so she took a position at a tutoring center. She has pretty flexible hours and she really likes the kids. Her goal is to get back to a “regular” teaching job but for now this is working for her.
Post # 13
Oh thanks…we dont call it supply teaching here…we call it subbing or guest teaching…
@nikkialys…I have a couple friends who did teach for America where its short term education program then you are thrown into the teaching world. While it sounds like a good idea, its actually a slap in the face to those of us who actually did the work and got a full on teaching degree. I know a girl who took 5 weeks of teacher classes…I took over 5 years and student taught for a full year…
@bluebelle23 If I go back and get a masters without years of teaching under my belt then I wont get a job bc they wont hire a first year teachers at masters pay. I have thought about it but I want to wait and see what happens at least for the next year.
@mrsc630 I will look into Indiana. I have been looking into the MI/OH border so I can commute to work but that has been unsuccessful also. I really would like to stay in lower MI simply because my SO doesnt have a degree and has a good job that he probably wont get anywhere else. He says we can go wherever because I put so much work into my degree to get a teaching job but it does us no good if he has to lose his job that currently has more security that a teaching job would…he doesnt have the worry of being pink slipped. lol
Thanks ladies…I have applied to a bunch of local schools so hopefully something comes up..its just frustrating to put so much hard work into a degree then have to nanny or take a crap job.
Post # 14
Look at charter schools and online schools as well. Please use apostrophes correctly. Not that the way a person types on a message board reflects their typing 100%, but have you proofread your resume, etc?
I don’t know much about Michigan, but on schoolspring.com there are over 300 jobs posted: http://www.schoolspring.com/searchform.cfm?newsearch=
You can tutor, which uses your degree, looks good on a resume,and pays well.
Post # 15
Unfortunately teaching is one of the careers where there are barely any jobs. i have been supply teaching for almost 3 years. They say here you will be supply teaching for 6-7 years before getting a permanent job.
Post # 16
If you really want to teach, I recommend looking out of state. I moved states for my job and I couldn’t have made a better decision (although I realize this isn’t for everyone). Unfortunately it is really, really hard to find a teaching job right now and most of the people that I know that have found full time work have moved in at least some capacity. If you are worried about transfering your license out of state it is much easier than you think it would be. Also, I know you said that you don’t plan to get a master’s but I would really advise against doing that. You are exactly right that schools don’t want to pay a first year teacher master’s salary. I have a friend who had a year under his belt, got a master’s and has been out of work ever since.