References v. Letters of Recommendation

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!

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What Matters Most in Interviewing

I came across this infographic that accurately highlights the importance of non-verbals during an interview. We forget sometimes that yes, having industry knowledge is important (85%!), but also being sincerely excited about working for the school or organization and being able to carry on a conversation with the interviewers is also VERY important. Employers are looking for a good “fit” and they can’t always determine that just from your answers to their interview answers…be kind, be personable, and most importantly, be you!

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Need help with the interview process? Former teaching interns have access to their College Career Consultant for up to 2 years after finishing the program. To make an appointment, log in to Handshake. Appointments can be made in person, over the phone, or via Skype. Indicate your medium preference in the advising notes.

Illinois Certification

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:

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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.

Teaching Virtually

It’s true, not every teacher wants to teach in a traditional classroom. Michigan Virtual School (MVS) offers teaching positions for certified teachers that allows the flexibility of living anywhere while providing new and exciting challenges that wouldn’t be experienced in any other type of teaching experience. The good news is, MVS is looking for 26 new iEducators this May!

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Using Handshake Like a Pro

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.

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