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Posted May 03, 2008 by

Teaching as a Career Path

Do you want a career that makes a difference and allows you to help others? Do you want to invest in the future of the world by shaping the minds of the next generation? If you answered yes to these questions, then an entry level job in the educational industry may be just what you need to begin a successful career.
The United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics has revealed on its web site that the second largest industry in this country is Education, which accounts for over thirteen million jobs in the United States. Additional positions are expected to open over the next few years as the current generation of educational service professional reach retirement age and many of these positions will be offered as entry level job opportunities to qualified college graduates in the coming years. If you want to grab hold of this opportunity, what do you need to do?
Advanced planning is necessary as teaching is not something one jumps into lightly. Most teaching positions require a minimum of bachelors degree so decide early on what your passion is and choose your courses accordingly. It is also to be noted that the minimum standard of a bachelors degree pertains mainly to entry level teaching positions with more advanced positions and even some entry level teaching jobs requiring further educational standards such as a Master’s degree.
At this point, it is also wise to decide if there is a certain group of students you would prefer to work with. If you like working with young, insatiably curious minds, perhaps an entry level teaching position with Kindergarten and Elementary age students would be to your liking. Do you want to work with students who have a little more knowledge of how the world works and wish to learn how to apply the sciences? Consider a teaching position in a middle or secondary school. Whatever path you choose, an entry level teaching position may be the key to your future.

Posted May 03, 2008 by

Special Education: A job So Tough You Will Love It

For the college student trying to decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives and where they want their career path to lead them, some difficult choices lay in front of them. With so many options available, it is sometimes difficult to settle down on just one point of focus. If you are having trouble finding what direction you want to go with your college courses, may I suggest training for a career in Special Education?
First off, let’s take a moment to define what Special Education is. The field of Special Education encompasses a wide age range of students, from toddlers to twenty something’s, who possess some degree of physical or mental disability that effects their ability to learn in a normal curriculum. Generally, the Special Education curriculum is just a modification of the general curriculum to better suit the needs of the individual student. In the most severe cases of disability, the Special Education student may go to a special school that is designed for their needs but for the most part, those with special needs can take advantage of the educational opportunities their local school system provides.
Becoming an entry level Special Education teacher can be a rewarding career choice because you are working with people who will struggle and give their best even when you think they have nothing left in them. Watching your students triumph in even small things is a hugely moving experience so every day at work can become an emotional roller coaster. The job is tough. Keeping your patience in tact while helping your students to learn acceptable behaviors and develop emotionally can be trying. Watching a student miss the mark for the umpteenth time can be heart wrenching. But, oh, when they get it right and you see that spark of pride in their eyes, then you will know why you chose an entry level job in Special Education.

Posted May 02, 2008 by

An Internship Opportunity That Will Help You Find a Teaching Career

For college students who have decided that they are interested in becoming educational professionals after graduation the internship opportunity of a teachers assistant provides a very good means to gain first hand knowledge and experience in the field. If you are interested in this opportunity, read on to learn more about what is required of you.
According to a May 2006 report of the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average teachers assistant was drawing a salary of just over $21,000 annually. The tasks performed by teachers assistants include clerical and instructional support for the primary teacher as well as providing individual attention to students requiring extra assistance, thus allowing the primary teacher more time to focus on the education of the class as a whole unit. The position of a teachers assistant is primarily a support position that allows the intern to learn the basics of classroom management without thrusting them directly into the path of teaching in exchange for their time and services, which helps to improve the overall academic experience for students and reduces the work load on the primary teacher.
If you are interested in an internship opportunity as a teachers assistant, make use of the Entry Level Job and Internship postings at CollegeRecruiter.com to find openings in your area. The internship opportunity will give you a great opportunity to learn first hand about your career choice and will also reward you with valuable work experience for your resume when applying for entry level jobs in teaching positions later on.