I am thinking of a career change...

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    I have been in the real estate business (different areas within the last few years) but I have always wanted to be a teacher. I have no college education, which makes it a little harder. Plus I am 24, and I work full time, so it would be a while before I could actually start working as one, because I would have to only go to school a few nights a week.

    my question is, do you think I should go for it? I would maybe like to teach elementary school, probably 3rd or 4th grade, or maybe high school. I love working with kids, and found I had a knack for teaching and helping kids learn when I volunteered in my brother's 2nd grade class in my senior year. My job was to give the teacher a break 2x a week and read the kids stories and help them with in-class work. My brother's teacher at the time said that I should look into the career as one.

    I guess what I am really scared of is the change from what I know and what I have experience in. Can I take SOME of my courses online to lighten the load of going to an actual campus? I guess I would have to check out the local colleges to know, but I was hoping that someone who is or was a teacher may be able to help. Thanks.
     
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    I can't think of one reason to discourage you from teaching.

    1. First and foremost, we need good teachers!
    2. It can be EXTREMELY rewarding. (although maybe not monetarily)
    3. Summers off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For many.
    4. I am a true believer that you never really know something until you can teach what you "know" to someone else.

    Well, that's all I can think of now. Any questions?

    GO FOR IT!
     
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    I LOVE the idea of summers off, cuz that's the time when I try to get out of working the most. I use most of my PTO in the summer.

    I will either have to get a student loan of financial aid because of the costs of going, but that doesn't bother me. By the time I would actually start my career, my hubby should be more than able to support us until I get 'seasoned' and get a teaching contract and start getting paid. He is doing well in his field and the area he is in, is always busy and he is guaranteed a job with his company.

    I would love to teach at the school that my son will be going to, because it is only 3 blocks from home.
     
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    Oh yes! Go for it! If you have a knack for it, you're needed. Since you are a 'non-traditional' student, perhaps the most cost effective way to begin is to get your requirements done at the community college. Take Child and the Family, Child Psych., only if you MIGHT think about Middle School Endorsement take Adolescent Psych.

    Our local college offers self-paced courses for many, meaning you get the texts, some tapes, and have an advisor. You go to the school to take tests and hand in any assignments. No classes per se.

    Internet classes still iffy at the undergrad level and I doubt at the grad level would be well accepted, though they are gaining in popularity. If you've been out of school for awhile, I think going to classes, if possible is a good thing.

    If you want more-pm me! I love talking about teaching.
     
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    Fuzzy, my mother had the same dream to be a teacher. When her and my dad split up, she worked full time, and went to night school (I was old enough to look after my sister). After many years, she graduated from the University of Houston and started teaching. She was actually awarded something like Best Teacher in the Houston ISD. So the moral of the story is, if that is your dream, go for it! :thup:
     
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    I was certified by the state but had no college, but I taught Art for 11 years in a private school. It's great!
     
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    the only branch of the military i want to join is the Air Force, but only to be trained to fly the f16 Falcon. The only problem is I need corrective lenses. I would have joined right out of HS had this not been a factor. I totally wanna fly one of those planes! At the very least I want to get a ride in one. I think it would be the ultimate thrill ride.
     
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    Does any of the corrective laser surgery options deal with this? Not personal, just wondering.
     
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    actually, i don't know, and i was thinking about that if they accepted people with lasik...but lasik was WAY expensive 5 years ago, and it was not an option. i never bothered to ask the recruiters at my school if they accepted lasik applicants because of the unlikelyhood of the proceedure happening to me.
     

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