During your internship year, you will gain graduate-level course credit. By the time you finish the teacher preparation program, you will have completed 12 graduate credits!
Although you are receiving graduate credits during your internship, you are NOT enrolled in a master’s degree program. Instead, a certain number of these credits can be applied to various master’s programs in Education at MSU. How many credits? Depends on the program – check them out here.
It is also not appropriate to list that your 12 credits are in a particular graduate program. Since you’re not currently in a program, you cannot communicate that they are from a particular program (i.e., teaching and curriculum).
An example of how to put your education on your resume:
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Teacher Certification May 20XX
– Completed 12 graduate-level credits
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education May 20XX
– Teaching Major: Integrated Science
– Teaching Minor: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
It is important to remember that you are indicating the undergraduate degree that you’ve received AND that you are completing (or have completed) the teacher certification program at MSU. These should be listed as two separate items under education.
A question I’ve been getting a lot lately is when do I know when to share my professional documents (i.e., resume, cover letter, references, portfolio) with potential employers? Frustratingly, the best answer is…it depends! Here are some highlights to help you navigate.
If you aren’t using the Career Handbook to help you with all professional development needs, now’s the time to do so! This booklet covers everything from resume and cover letter writing, to interviewing techniques, to navigating career fairs. The most updated version is always available electronically on the homepage of the Career Services Network website.
For those of you working on a cover letter, use these pages of the Handbook to help you get started. P.S. – the Taylor Levine cover letter is the preferred style.
Be sure to go beyond what you’ve communicated in your resume to articulate personal examples of your interest in the position, unique skills, and relevant experiences. Thoroughly read the job description and the school’s web site to learn what they are specifically looking for and what they value to best make the case that you’d be a good fit for the position, school, and community. Incorporate buzz words and concepts into your cover letter that let the reader know you’ve done your homework!
Have a cover letter you want reviewed before applying for a job? Send it to COE Career Services for some feedback! Whenever possible, share the job description, too. Send to: COECareers@msu.edu. Keep an eye out on the blog for more sample cover letters in the future.
More virtual fairs to think about – especially for those thinking about teaching out-of-state. Check the CareerEco site for even more fair options.
For those of you who did or did not get the opportunity to log on to our Job Search Strategies webinar last week, feel free to review the content covered here.
If you have questions about your job search, be sure to talk to your career advisor, Pepa Casselman. To make an appointment, email Pepa at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can help you put a plan together that will help you reach your career goals.
TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION
Although it’s early, some school districts will get a head start on filling positions for the 2018-19 school year. See link below for opportunities with the west Michigan school district, West Ottawa.
West Ottawa Public Schools just posted 4 elementary teaching positions for the 2018-19 school year. These positions will be posted for the remainder of this week and interviewing will start next week. The link for these positions is:
For questions, please contact Jens Milobinski, director of human resources, at email@example.com.
More and more, schools are offering virtual fairs to candidates for an easy and low maintenance (i.e., low cost) way to recruit. Check out this one from Prince William county Public Schools in Northern Virginia.
Missed this event? Google “virtual teacher fair” for others around the country.