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Career Steps

Career Steps

Teachers look for career steps for a variety of reasons.

Part-time or Volunteer Work Enhances Résumés, Answers Needs
As an undergraduate, there are lots of things you can do to enhance your chances of getting a good teaching job. Now is your time to get summer jobs working with youth the ages you want to teach and to volunteer with youth organizations. If you are seeking to re-enter teaching or transition into teaching from another career, you also have a serious need for experience working with youth the ages you want to teach. You can do that through part-time jobs and volunteering. These lists are also good for teachers who are retired, only want to work part-time, or want non-school work to consider.

Summer or part-time job ideas:

Volunteer Positon ideas:

No Teaching Job, But School Has Started
It’s scary to realize the teachers have gone to prepare their classrooms and now the children are going to school, but you don’t have a job. Do not despair! Many new teachers get hired after the start of a school year for a variety of reasons – more students than anticipated in a grade level, teacher who just found out her husband is being transferred, maternity leave, etc.

That does not mean to just sit around and wait. There are things you need to do.


Not Able to Get Into the School You Want
This is fairly common. You finally landed a job, but it isn’t your dream job.

Don’t wait too long to start the application process again for the school you want.


Another option is to sign up for something like ViewYou and put all your materials there and send an email to the principal, asking him to go there to watch you teach. ViewYou will give you a link to send that is specific for each person you send information to and only allows that person access to the things you’ve specified.

Whatever happens, you want to do the very best you can where you are. You need good evaluations and evidence you are getting better as a teacher. And you will want some of your present colleagues to write you letters of recommendation.

Want to be a Teacher Leader or Administrator
Good for you! There are many ways to become a teacher leader. Most schools have team leaders and in many cases it is a position you apply for within your building. Many buildings have their own professional development from time to time, so if you feel like you have something other teachers need or need to know, offer to present it at a faculty meeting or staff training time. Get lots of ideas from The Power of Teacher Leaders.

Becoming a principal, assistant principal, or curriculum director usually requires you to get more schooling. What that schooling is varies somewhat by state, so check your state requirements. Read Further Requirements for Administrators. And see your state’s department of education website. To learn more about becoming an administrator, see Administration.

Considering Further Education
If you are considering starting work on a Master’s or Doctorate, see Considering Grad School.

Community colleges will usually hire adjunct faculty who have a master’s degree, but to teach in a four-year college, you need a doctorate or need to be working on one. Get more information at Securing a Teaching Positon at the Post-Secondary Level.
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