Are you thinking about a career in Education? Teaching can be a rewarding second career and a great way to use your military skills and expertise to help others. And there are programs and resources available to help you take the necessary steps toward a second career in Education. Teaching can also be an excellent portable career for military spouses.
Is Teaching for You?
To help you decide if teaching is for you, it’s a good idea to do a self-assessment of your interests and skills. The Wisconsin Education Association Council’s website suggests you ask yourself these questions:
Do you have a love for learning that often has you seeking more information about things?
Do you enjoy working with children and young adults?
Do you receive great satisfaction from helping others learn new things?
Do you have good oral and written communication skills?
Do you enjoy working collaboratively with others who love learning?
Do you enjoy challenges and ever-changing opportunities?
Do you want to change the world?
If you can answer yes to all or most of these questions, you will probably enjoy teaching.
Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a second career as an educator in public schools. Managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), the program provides referral assistance and placement services to eligible military personnel, and it helps applicants identify teacher certification requirements and programs leading to certification and employment opportunities in their state of interest. For more information about the program and eligibility, visit www.proudtoserveagain.com.
The U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) manages the Department of Defense Schools, both overseas and stateside. For information about becoming a DoDEA educator, including teaching categories and requirements, online application, salary information, and more visit www.dodea.edu/Offices/HR/employment/teacher.cfm.
Portable Career for Spouses
I can vouch for the portability of a career in education, as I was a school teacher when I married into the military. At each new change of station I went into job search mode and found a position in the local public schools and the Department of Defense schools overseas. The reciprocity of state licensures didn’t live up to the name, but I managed to get recertified in each new location, needing only to take an extra course or test here and there, and wade through the forms.
The beauty of constantly relocating was getting to share my experiences with my students in each school where I taught, and learning from my students as well. The military helped make my teaching career much richer and broader through all the PCS moves.
Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) offers all military spouses education and career opportunities to support the pursuit of portable careers. For more information visit the Military OneSource website (Career & Education tab) or call 1-800-342-9647.
If you feel your calling is to work with young people and give of yourself to help others, then I highly recommend a career in Education. True, it takes a lot of patience and doesn’t pay as well as some professions, but it’s a highly rewarding career in which you can inspire others and make a difference every day.
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