I often get asked about references (who to ask and how to set them up) and also about letters of recommendation (who to ask and what’s the difference anyway?). This is a copy of a document my colleague put together that I’ve changed slightly to fit the teaching profession. It’s kinda long, but full of good information. Hope this helps!
In case you missed the Teaching Abroad event this spring, here is a video recording of some awesome panelists who have all taught (or are currently teaching) abroad. Please note, not all of them are certified teachers. There are many diverse opportunities to teach abroad for all college majors.
Not all school districts attend university-run teacher fairs. Some choose to host their own job fairs to attract teachers to their schools. It is best to consider both networking options as a job seeker so you don’t miss any opportunity to teach at the school of your dreams.
This year, South Lyon Community Schools will be hosting a New Teacher Job Fair on March 11, 2017 for any interested students that are looking for placement after graduation.The location, date, time, and other information are included in the flyer. Students must register for the event before March 4, 2017 via the link below.
South Lyon Community Schools, in southeast Michigan (between Brighton and Novi), is one of the top Michigan employers of Spartan Teachers. For the last four (maybe more) years, they’ve hired 6 to 10 MSU interns to fill new teaching positions!
Aside from Michigan, the state of Illinois is the top state for Spartan Teachers to call home after finishing the TPP. Any time you’re thinking of teaching in another state you will need to follow the steps necessary for transferring your teaching license (in this case you’re transferring a Michigan license to an Illinois license, even if you’re a Chicago intern). The best place to find the most up-to-date information on how to do this is by going to the Board of Education web site for that state. They can be hard to navigate, but will have the most accurate information.
For now, I want to share information from both our College of Education web site AND from a former Chicago intern, Cheryl G., on paths for obtaining a state of Illinois teaching licence. Thank you Cheryl for your information and expertise! Note: her strategy is to first sub! A great foot-in-the-door technique for any young teacher. Please see her strategy here:
The College of Education website shares a sightly different route, please go to http://www.educ.msu.edu/certification/certification-update/illinois.asp for those details and instructions.
For information on teaching in other states, we suggest using the site certificationmap.com.
Now is a good time to start thinking about where you want to teach at the end of your program and how to find these opportunities. I’d recommend that you start this search by using Handshake to help you identify possible opportunities or potential school districts of interest. Although Handshake is just one job search resource, if they’re posting on Handshake they REALLY want to hire an MSU teacher.
Every once in a while an intern gets through his/her student teaching and decides that classroom teaching is not for them. And guess what, that’s OK! If this is how you’re feeling, read on.
Many Spartan Teachers are interested in teaching overseas. Although there are teaching opportunities all over the world, there is an abundance teaching positions in China due to the number of schools popping up all over the country. Many of which are looking specifically for English-speaking teachers.
For example, Huamei International Investment Group (http://www.huameigroup.com.cn/) is a multi-billion dollar company in China. Huamei International School (http://en.hm163.com/) is one of the largest private school in China, with multiple K-12 private schools. Located in Tianjing and Guangzhou, it has over 7,500 students enrolled and has a high demand for teachers.
Huamei International hosts an array of job opportunities for American teachers, who can teach courses – in English. As a perk, they provide a free apartment, free lunch, free flight to China, and importantly a competitive salary.
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