getting into teaching in middle age

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  1. deciding

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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.
     
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  3. Ms. H.

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    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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