getting into teaching in middle age

Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by deciding, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. deciding

    deciding Rookie

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    Jun 23, 2004

    I would appreciate any comments or advice -

    I will begin substituting this fall. I am also considering going to school to get my credential. My initial interest was single subject - math. I enjoy it, would love to teach it, and thought it would be more marketable.
    I got my degree in Psych 27 years ago. I was 1 hour short of a math minor. As I look at the exam, I recognize the material, but I need lots of work to get back to solving the problems. My thought then switched to pursuing multiple subject, but I am wondering if this is as marketable.
    After reading some of the postings, it may take a while to get thru the CSETand only then can I start a credential program. By the time I finish, I will be in my early 50's.
    Is age a drawback in trying to get a first job? What are my chances of finding an K-5 position with younger competition? Would I be better off sticking with single subject? Has anyone gone from really rusty to mastering the CSET? If so, any special study guides, etc?

    Any advice or experiences would be appreciated.
  3. Ms. H.

    Ms. H. Guest

    Jun 23, 2004

    Age Factor & Study Materials

    I entered the teaching profession at age 45. I'm now 49. I, too, was concerned about the age factor. However, over the past few years I realize that age doesn't matter to most people who hire you; what does matter is your attitude. If you are enthusiastic, competent, and work well with others you should have little problem obtaining a job.

    Since I have not taught as a full-time teacher, only part-time, I must take the CSET. I tried to submit my application to a district other than the one I work for now and was refused because I'm not considered "highly qualified."

    My plan is to tackle one subset test at a time. I will take subset I first. I chose this one because I don't care for a lot of history. I have difficulty retaining historical facts because it seems to be about a group of people dominating another group. Not my thing. . . .

    Study materials I find helpful are the "Everything You Need to Know About . . . " books. I have the books for American history and world history. Each book was $8.95 + tax. I order online through Barnes and Noble. I also have the E.D. Hirsh's books. I've read many times on this board about how these books are helpful too. In addition, I have the Cliff's study book. Not to thrilled about that one. It's OK.

    I plan to take the test in Sept. I won't be ready in July.

    Oh, whether to go multiple or single subject. . . that is really a personal choice. It depends. What age group are you most comfortable with? Does teaching all core subjects appeal to you? Sometimes I wish I had gone single subject (English/Language Arts.) I'm seriously thinking about become a reading specialist. I don't particularly like teaching all the subjects. My main interest is teaching others how to read and write.

    Post if you need clarification. I'd be glad to chat! Ms. H.

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