Teacher and Education Jobs
No matter what has inspired you to consider becoming a teacher – your amazing second grade teacher who rapped the spelling tests, a demeaning high school government teacher that caused you to vow to improve education, or your desire to share your art passion with others – the field of education and teaching offers a wide variety of job possibilities in an extremely rewarding profession. As a teacher, you will have busy days full of magical learning moments and obstacles to overcome.
This education careers section of JobMonkey will give you all the background you need to find the best type of teaching job for your individual characteristics. No matter what stage of the game you are in, from choosing a bachelor’s program to making a career change, JobMonkey offers the guidance you need in your teacher job search. Read through this section, which covers:
- Art Teacher Jobs
- Music Teacher jobs
- Physical Education Teacher Jobs
- Becoming a Principal
- Student Teaching Jobs
- Speech and Language Pathologist Jobs
- Becoming a Teacher’s Aide
- And Much More…
First of all, the conditions of your teaching position largely depend upon the type of school you teach in. Requirements and the working environment greatly vary. Also, just because you start teaching in a charter online school, doesn’t mean you have to stay in that placement. If you are ever unsatisfied in your teaching work, you may just need a change of pace with a new work environment and not a complete exit from your teaching career.
One of the most important decisions you will make is what area of education to become certified or licensed in. Unlike the school setting, a change in certification area is not easily accomplished. You will invest a lot of money and time in your certification process, so make sure you carefully consider the wide variety of teaching positions available.
Don’t initially limit yourself to the areas you have personal experience with only. Explore options like special and bilingual education. Volunteer to work in classrooms at various grade levels. Right now your heart may be set on kindergarten, but after a few days of answering 100 “why” questions an hour and helping tie shoes and wipe noses, you may find the job way too draining. A fourth grade classroom may be more your pace. Take time to carefully consider your options. While this material provides detailed job descriptions of over twenty positions in the field of education, nothing beats spending time in the actual work setting.
Teachers often are involved in the school community beyond their classroom. Supplemental positions like coaching and activity directors are usually filled by the teaching staff. These positions are great for supplementing income and making a great difference in the life of students.
This JobMonkey section also discusses how continuing education is a cornerstone of a teacher’s career. A bachelor’s degree in education is almost always required, and a master’s degree is increasingly needed also. To maintain certification, you will continually need to complete additional coursework.
Educators often pursue courses that lead to more job opportunities. The area of administration is s typically entered by those with previous teaching experience.
The job search for a teaching position can be a daunting experience. JobMonkey can help prepare you from writing your resume, to creating a stellar portfolio, to providing unforgettable interview answers. With a lot of preparation, you can confidently conduct your education job search.
As you make your final decision about entering the field of education, carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages of a teaching career. As you consider the “big picture” of life as a teacher, ponder the words of educator Forest Witchcraft, “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank…but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.”