There’s a reason you need a license to teach: It’s a challenging, rewarding career that takes skill, creativity and plenty of practice.
It’s also a profession that receives support at every step of the journey, so there’s no reason to wait to start an educator preparation program. ?
1. Deadlines are closing ⏰
To launch your teaching career, you’re going to need to apply to a teacher preparation program. You need some lead time to pull your application materials together, and deadlines are right around the corner!
Don’t worry though—it’s not too late to get started, and we'll help you through it. Your career awaits!
2. Applying isn’t as hard as you think ?
You’ll need to gather transcripts, get recommendation letters and polish up your resume. And yes, there is probably an essay. Lucky for you, we’ve got the tools to help you get through the process.
Interactive application checklists keep you on track, expert advisors answer your questions, and how-to guides provide insider tips for getting recommendation letters, writing essays and more. You won’t get that kind of support for your Harvard Law app!
3. There’s help for passing those pesky tests ?
4. Teacher training comes with financial aid ?
If you’re concerned about costs, there’s good news: You have scholarship opportunities and financial aid options for your teacher training, including a $1,000 scholarship straight from us. Future Houston teachers can also get reimbursed for program application and testing fees.
If you end up taking loans, Uncle Sam offers several programs that pay back loans and even cancel debt for teachers. (Yes, we said cancel.)
5. There are SO MANY jobs ?
Right now, teachers are in high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects “nearly 1.9 million job openings for teachers” nationwide by 2020. As the fourth largest city in the nation, Houston will have a large share of those openings.
If you choose a statewide teacher shortage area like math, bilingual education or special education, you’ll have even more job opportunities. The faster you get started on your program, the faster you’ll find that j.o.b.
6. Compensation packages are better than you’ve heard ?
If you’ve been worried about making ends meet as a teacher, here’s some good news. Houston area teachers can earn up to $65,000 for a 187-day teaching contract, with additional pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees or teach in shortage areas.
Of course, you’ll also get health and dental insurance. (And did you know about the retirement, housing assistance and retail discounts?) Hear it from a teacher yourself.
7. There’s a teaching program for your unique background ✨
Already have a bachelor’s degree? Currently attending community college or still in high school? Thinking about switching careers? There’s a teaching program for you. Check out undergraduate options, alternative certification, master’s degrees and dozens of other options.
There’s even part-time and online programs for working professionals. Need some guidance? Talk to a certification coach—it’s free!
8. You really, really want to teach ?
Teaching isn’t for the faint of heart—but you already knew that. You’re in this for world-changing work that allows you to use your passions and interests every day, for the opportunity to build your career (and maybe even to earn some Michelle-level love). This is work that robots will never be able to replace. Now that’s job security!
Plus, all that good stuff you already know: 187-day work year with flexibility to use extra days to take classes, nurture your hobbies, travel and spend time with your favorite people. Take the first step with your very own career expert.
9. There’s every reason to start now ?
You’ve got the passion and the drive, and we’ve got the tools to help you succeed. So now is the time to find your program and apply. Do not throw away your shot!
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Follow along for best practices and application next steps.
- Eligibility: Some programs have pre-admission requirements. Find out which programs are the best fit for your academic history.
- Applications: To gain admission to a program, you have to apply and get accepted. Find out which application you'll need to complete—and how.
- Testing: You'll need to pass content exams. Find out which ones you'll have to take and how best to prepare for them.
- Finances: Get to know your financial aid options when it comes to paying for an educator preparation program.
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