I am a secondary ed major in music, history, and English so I don't know if you and I have a lot in common. What we do have in common is coming to teaching late. I wanted to be a teacher for a long time, but something always got in the way of me student teaching. Years went by and I subbed for a long time, got my master's, and even taught fulltime for a year on emergency certification. Here I am now, 36, and I am not scheduled to student teach until January. BUT, the end is near! I can't wait to get my first real job, or for that matter, to student teach, because I waited so long to do it.
I want to teach music, and I can tell you why I want to. I used to want to be a performer, but I did figure out that if you are a classical performer, many people in the audience are there for image purposes and not because they actually like classical. BUT, if you are teaching music, you are in charge of 100+ kids who generally really want to be there. And, you get to talk about music all day long. Wonderful!
So, continue on. Keep going and don't stop. If you ever stop, you'll regret it possibly for the rest of your life. GOOD LUCK:)!
Thank you Beth.
Hi, Linda! Since I teach in higher ed, I can tell you to relax. My moms and dads who come back to school because they have clarified their career goals through experience and reflection are usually fantastic students and insightful educators.
I am a sub, but have done some investigating into getting my reg. license. You might want to ck this out..
In Kansas, USA online through Kansas Newman University (accredited of course) you can get your bachelors in ed in 18 months. If you take a job in an at need field such as music, science, math or whatever they determine is an at need subj that year and stay in that job at that school for 3 yrs the state will reimburse your degree cost (I am sure you'd have some left over to pay as newman is private school, but I'd think they'd pay most of it).
I was at WAHM doing licensed childcare for many years while our 5 kids were growing up and also came late to teaching - I turned 55 this year. I jumpstarted college many times, & finally got a distance ed degree in Elementary Ed in 2005 even tho my interests any more is HS. I have been subbing K-12 since I started back to school enabling me to do all grades & subjects to get a feel for where I wanted to end up and I only took a couple classes at a time finishing up the requirements for the degree in education. Taught jr hi math for two years on provisional certificate to get my regular certification & decide on which subject as I was leaning toward special ed or math, as there is such a need in our area. Once I taught jr hi math & made a decision, I took last year off to get my required math classes in for secondary subject certification. I ended up being off this year also after an auto rollover accident in June, so have started on my Masters. I went ahead and did loans for classes tho my B.S. is about paid off now since I decided to take time off to go back to school. The plan is that I will use loans for my Masters in Secondary Ed. & apply for the Federal Forgiveness for math/science teachers in qualifying areas. Once I complete 5 yrs consecutive teaching, can get up to $17,000 in loans forgiven. Makes working toward it OK otherwise our pay rates just don't justify the cost. Actually the only reason I can afford to teach at this point is because my husband has a decent paying job & my kids are grown and gone for the most part.
I get very frustrated with a lot of the political/administrative top-down stuff involved in expectations of teachers and teaching, but I do love working with the kids and love watching them blossom as people.