How to Transition to a Teaching Career
Why Consider Teaching as a Second Career?
Advantages of Pursuing a Teaching Career
Will You Need A Master’s in Teaching to Change Careers?
How to Make a Mid-Career Change to Become a Teacher
If you want to pursue teaching as a second career but are wondering where to start, there are a number of common steps that you should take. Below, we discuss ways to transition into the teaching profession.
- Narrow Down Your Role
The initial step in navigating this career change is to decide what type of teacher you want to be. As previously mentioned, there are job openings for teachers across virtually all levels of education. Are you interested in working at the elementary school level? Would you rather teach high school students? Are you looking to specialize in one specific subject or teach an array of subjects? Determine who and what you would like to teach.
- Research the Necessary Teaching Credentials
Now that you know what area you would like to teach, it’s time to earn the proper credentials. Most entry-level teaching roles require a bachelor’s degree. However, the degree does not need to be in education.
If you are looking into teaching as a second career, you may have a bachelor’s degree in another subject. In this case, states offer alternative teacher programs.
Many teaching programs include a field experience element that allows aspiring teachers to practice the craft in a real classroom. Under supervision, you can earn the requisite hours of student teaching experience.
- Obtain Your Teaching License
Once you have fulfilled the credential requirements, you are able to apply for your teaching license. Each state requires teachers to obtain a license or certification from their state. Specific teacher certification requirements vary by state. Earning your state teaching license opens the door to teaching roles at public institutions.For charter and private schools, holding a license may not be necessary. These schools are not regulated by the state and have their own requirements for teachers.