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Troops to Teachers
l. MICHIGAN Troops to Teachers
The Michigan Troops to Teachers program provide advisory services that assist eligible military personnel to transition to a new career as classroom teachers in K-12 public schools. The Troops to Teachers Program is available to:
Counseling assistance related to teacher certification requirements and limited job placement assistance is provided. Financial support is also offered to certain eligible participants.
The Troops to Teachers Programs are not certification programs nor employment agencies. Each state has authority over certification requirements and, usually, each district has authority over the selection and employment process. Therefore, each participant must complete the certification requirements for the state in which they desire to teach, and then apply for a teaching position as would any other teacher. Each state office provides information regarding certification requirements, teacher preparation programs leading to certification, and assistance in identifying teaching positions.
Troops to Teachers : Participants must submit the registration form and supporting documentation electronically to the National Troops to Teachers Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX it to (850) 452-1194 or mail it to: 6490 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola, Florida 32509.
Troops to Teachers : Financial assistance, in the form of a stipend of up to $5000 to pay for certification requirements or a bonus of $10,000 if employed in a high needs school, is available to eligible veterans. Participants who accept financial assistance must teach for a minimum of three years, and this support is in addition to the benefits provided by the GI Bill and university veteran services programs.
If you are considering making a career change into the teaching profession, know that teaching is not just another job and that teaching is not for everyone. At the same time, however, classroom teaching is one of the more rewarding careers, providing a great sense of accomplishment similar to that experienced while serving your nation in uniform. Teaching is a career in which you are able to make a difference in our society and the world.
Before investing considerable time, effort and precious resources a decision must be made……….how strong of a commitment does it really take to actually make the transition to public education? This is critical, since obtaining certification, and then discovering a wrong career decision has been made is the perfect storm! Consider these strategies to see if the public classroom is a positive and potential career option:
If teaching stills seems like the career option of choice, refine the goals into a definite plan of action and approach with a passion.
Decide on a specific subject area or areas and at what level (high school, middle school, elementary school). This choice may be based upon a previous career, a personal interest, the family or perhaps just a life long interest in certain subjects. Although the initial focus should be on one academic content area, multiple areas of interest may have an advantage since it will allow for greater flexibility of assignment once the teaching career begins. The demand for teachers will vary by certification and geographic areas. However, there is currently a critical need for teachers in the following content areas:
Typically, opportunities for employment will increase if multiple certification is held (e.g., Mathematics and Spanish), however, cost and time must also be taken into consideration. Deciding what to teach should be made from the standpoint of a longer career, not forgetting that leadership skills may ultimately lead to promotions as a school administrator.
Most individuals pursuing a second career in teaching and planning to teach in Michigan may have already decided where to reside. This decision is usually based upon the location of family, job offers to another family member, previous duty stations, or owning a home in the area. The demand for teachers could vary significantly by certification area, and by geographic location. Areas of rapid growth will have a higher demand for teachers than areas with slower growth. As you plan your career transition, you must consider the geographic location and possibly plan for a longer transition period if you intend to settle in an area of slower growth, especially if you are interested in teaching a subject that is not in high demand.
Reciprocity is a mutual, cooperative agreement between States regarding the interchange and transfer of teacher certificates. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) is the lead agency with regard to the Interstate Contract, which is intended to assist teachers and other educators who find it necessary to move to another state. Currently 46 States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico have signed the contract.
It is important to note that reciprocity between States is not automatic. It is possible that additional requirements such as more academic credit, state testing programs or student teaching may be necessary depending upon one's portfolio and teacher preparation program. Should you hold a current teaching license, and have questions about reciprocity, please contact our offices (see contact information below) to inquire about the appropriate procedures.
Know that generally, there is no "short cut" to becoming a professional, licensed classroom teacher. Most if not all academic programs leading to teacher licensure will, at some point, include the requisites for an academic major, professional education classes, guided instruction (student teaching), State level tests, CPR certification and a criminal history check.
"Alternate routes to certification" (ARC) are appealing since they are compressed licensure programs and are considered by many to be legitimate and legal forms of entry into education. Alternate routes to certification are frequently based upon the assumption that the candidate may have the academic content expertise, maturity, appropriate socialization, study skills and success in the workplace that would qualify for transition into the classroom without proceeding through a traditional licensure program. Although ARC sounds attractive and may be accepted by some school districts under certain circumstances, most Michigan schools prefer that their candidates obtain certification from traditional licensure sources. ARC is more frequent in those geographic areas in which there exist teacher shortages and with academic content areas that are more critical such as Mathematics and the Sciences.
Carefully consider the college or university in which to enroll, making sure that it is regionally accredited by The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and is also approved by the State in which the certificate is issued. Contact the certification officer or academic counselor in the teacher preparation institution of your choice and inquire into what programs are available, based upon your credits and current academic transcripts. Some universities are more open and flexible than others when working with adult learners, and be certain to inquire about what benefits are specifically available for veterans.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR
The following is a broad description of key elements in a planned program leading to the issuance of a Michigan Provisional (initial entry) certificate. There may be further requirements depending upon one's academic preparation.
Section 1233b of the Michigan Revised School Code is an alternate route to certification option based upon the candidate having a baccalaureate or advanced degree in a critical content area such as Mathematics, the Sciences, Engineering, Computers or Foreign Languages. If a school district is unable to hire a certified teacher in one of these areas for grades 9 through 12 it may request a 1233b permit, allowing the candidate to begin teaching immediately while enrolling in a teacher preparation program leading to a Provisional Certificate.
A school district may hire a candidate by requesting an Annual Authorization that is annually renewable for up to 8 years. The candidate needs at least 4,000 hours of recent and relevant work experience (generally within 4 years), in the specific area in which he or she would teach (e.g., Drafting, CAD CAM, Welding, Automotive Technology, etc.). At the same time, the candidate is expected to enroll in the traditional teacher certification program described above. To teach in the JROTC program one needs only to be DOD certified, but is limited to teaching only within the JROTC classroom.
* Note: One may substitute teach if one has at least 90 college credits and receives a permit from the Local Education Authority or Intermediate School District in which he or she will teach. A limited criminal history check is required.
· It is always wise to establish a robust network of credible contacts with local community leaders and organizations, local school districts, regional educational centers (RESA), teacher preparation institutions, professional education organizations serving teachers, principals and school administrators, State and Federal level education organizations and State and Federal level veterans' organizations. Networking is one of the finest strategies to stay connected with important decision makers in the education community. And, employment opportunities as a classroom teacher will frequently depend upon someone you personally know and someone that knows you personally. The people connection!
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