FAQS and Links

What can this organization do for me?

Why should I volunteer in the schools before making the decision to teach?

What if I’m not sure I want to teach?

What can teaching offer me?

How do I become certified to teach?

How long does it take to become certified and begin teaching?

I’m ready to teach, but I want to connect with other educators.  Where do I find a professional community?

 

What can this organization do for me?

The Center for Career Changers to the Classroom will help you in two ways: first, it will provide you with experiences in today’s schools to assist you in deciding if teaching is the profession for you.  Second, it will provide information about certification programs and requirements as well as assist you through the process of certification into your first teaching position. (Back to Top)

Why should I be in the schools before making the decision to teach?

Before you make the decision to teach and put time and money into attaining Maryland teaching certification, you need to know what schools are like today.  Volunteering in the schools will provide you with a view of the twenty-first century school.  It will provide an opportunity to work with a mentor teacher for approximately one week, spread out over the period of a school year, to get a first-hand view of classrooms and students today. (Back to Top)

What if I’m not sure I want to teach?

Entering an exploratory course does not mean that you are making a commitment to teach.  It indicates only that you are interested in finding out about teaching.  The Center will provide you with the information and the experiences to help you make that decision.  Additionally, if you do decide to pursue teaching certification, the Center’s personnel will continue to support and advise you through that process. (Back to Top)

What can teaching offer me?

Some individuals teach because they love their subject and want to share it; others enjoy working with students.  Teaching provides the opportunity to shape the future and to work in an environment that is both challenging and energetic.  Working with students keeps one aware of the world today.  It forces one to grow and explore not only the subject but also one’s self.  Plus, you gain personal fulfillment while sharing life-changing experiences.  (Back to Top)

How do I become certified to teach?

See the information under Teaching Certification Programs for Career Changers in this web site. (Back to Top)

How long does it take to become certified and begin teaching?

The timeframe for becoming certified to teach varies with the program.  A master’s program may require one to two years to become certified while an alternative preparation program may have you placed into a classroom after a summer of coursework.  The Center for Career Changers to the Classroom can help you find the best and most appropriate pathway to teaching for you. (Back to Top)

I’m ready to teach, but I want to connect with other educators.  Where do I find a professional community?

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) delivers practical resources and provides the support you need to implement research-based strategies in the classroom, continue your professional growth, and become a teacher leader and master teacher.  KDP also hosts an online community for members, KDP Global, that helps to address whatever challenges or questions you might have in the moment, by enabling interaction with new and experienced educators around the world.  New teachers greatly benefit from membership in the KDP community.  (Back to Top)

LINKS

For more information about teaching, building a portfolio, scholarships and more, check TEACH.org

For EXAM practice (including Praxis Core, Praxis II, OSAT and more) see this site: Mometrix Test Preparation

For more information about alternative certification programs see EducationDegree.com

 

 

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