What else can I do besides teach........

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What else can I do besides teach........
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Fri, 01-08-2010 - 1:10pm

I am certain I have asked this in the past and can't remember the answers. HAHAHA!!

But what else can I do with my education credentials beyond teaching?

I have BS in Education. Certified Elementary Ed. My major in college was English. I worked in a daycare for 5 years, so I have Early Childhood experience and 12 credits in Early Childhood Ed. I now have my MA in Education with a concentration in Adult Ed.

So yes I know I can teach elementary, I can work in a childcare center and I can now work in continuing ed centers with adults. I get that, but what else can I do. Not sure which way to turn.

I can be a Title One Teacher, an Instructional Coach, which I am really looking into and even an assistant principal of a charter school. So again, I know my options inside the system, but what about outside.

In what areas can I explore with these credentials. I want to branch out and look for other areas that could use my expertise, but not sure where to start. And yes I know I can start my own school or tutoring business or even latchkey business, but again what ELSE can I do outside of the education realm. Would love some suggestions. Thanks!!

GT38

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Fri, 01-08-2010 - 5:46pm
You can be a corporate trainer. That's one of the things my dh did when he left teaching. He worked for a company that sold accounting software. He had no accounting background (go figure) but, they taught him how to use the software and he traveled from the NYC to the Philly area and trained company employees how to use the software after they purchased it.
You could also work for any kind of educational company. You can be in educational sales. I'm a school librarian and all my reps for the companies that I buy books from are former librarians. I think all the textbook salespeople have ed. backgrounds as well.
You can do online teaching for a university too. My dh just started doing this because one of my friends does it and makes really good money even part time. They both have MAs. My friend is not even an educator. She's a nurse and she teaches courses related to medical issues. She makes $1500 every six weeks for each course she teaches and she teaches 2 and 3 at a time. They wanted to give her more classes to teach but she has a full time job and couldn't spare the time. The courses are 6 weeks and all the courses are canned. They give you the syllabus and all the material. You just have to be online. I think that's a great gig.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I think there really are a lot of opportunities out there if you think about it.
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Fri, 01-08-2010 - 10:19pm

Guili took all of my ideas! The only other thing I can think of is publishing or journalism. With an English background I'd think you could work as an editor or acquisitions coordinator.


I know we've discussed this before, but I've found that a lot of business people think teachers can't do anything else. They hire a psychology major as a sales director, but a teacher wouldn't be considered. I guess it just takes some luck and a lot of networking to overcome this obstacle.


Sherry

 

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Sat, 01-09-2010 - 2:55am

Wow, okay. Didn't think of those. Thanks a bunch. (look into online courses, must write down, lol) Seriously, thank you.

GT38

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Sat, 01-09-2010 - 3:04am

I thought about editing and becoming a free lance writer. But you know what I really want to do, teach a class on "Classroom Management in an Urban Setting" Or just "Classroom Management 101" cause so many new teachers are still struggling with this. And today's kids are a new and RARE breed. (being nice, wanted to say something else, hahaha) Thanks Sherry. And I still want to create a support group for us. More than what we have here. My friend and I were talking earlier today and he said, he knows that he has felt more depression since he became a teacher than when he wasn't. I told him, it's because of the amount of emotional abuse and exhaustion that we suffer from. And if we didn't get the breaks we do, many of us would have jumped long time ago. But I digress...

Okay, look into editing and journalism. Got it, must write these down. Becoming forgetful. Do you know this year will be my 7th year on ivillage. Geez, I need a life. Oh well!! LOL!!

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Mon, 01-11-2010 - 11:56am

You might consider this in the system but if you are still moving to the DC/ VA/MD area we have something called Technical Assistance and Training Centers (T-TAC)