Sunday, March 9, 2008

Teaching, Is It Worth it?

I have had an epiphany recently.

The state of Georgia is desperate for teachers, so if you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college, then you can go through some steps and get a teaching certificate. Last year, I thought about going to look into getting my teaching certificate, but it didn't seem like the right thing to do. This year, the district is desperate for teachers, so I looked into getting my certificate. The law states that you have to pace a GACE (Georgia Assesments for the Certification of Educators) basic skills test OR do one of the following: 1) have a score of over 1000 on the SAT (the old version, I'm not sure what the standards are for the new version) 2) have a composite score of 43 on the English and Math portions of the ACT. In addition, you have to have at least a 2.5 GPA with your bachelor's degree. Then, all you have to do is pass a test in the area of your degree and then pass the test in the area you want to teach. After that, you are elligble to qualify for a teaching job in the state of GA. If you can get hired in an accredited school in GA, then you receive a 5 year nonrenewable teaching certificate. Once you have that, then in two years of teaching, you can get your renewable teaching certificate.

In other words, because of my ACT score and college GPA, I am a prime candidate for the program. I don't really want to leave my babies, but I think that I need to become marketable in a job that would be conducive to mothering. Also, this is only a two year commitment. If something happens to Rob, and I have a renewable teaching certificate, I just have to keep the certificate current, and I could instantly be marketable. I'm going to take two tests on March 29, 2008. In case anyone else has a bachelor's degree (in anything except education) and wants to become a teacher here is a way to get full pay for the time you're teaching.

1 comment:

Julie Pippert said...

It sounds like a good opportunity for you and I think you'd make a great teacher.

It can be tough to leave the kids, but once they are two years older...everyone might really enjoy the time they get to go to preschool while you teach. You still get mornings, afternoons, evenings, and summers to a fair degree. If you can teach near your home, little commuting, too.

GL and let us know what happens.