The internet is one of the greatest tools available for those looking for a teaching position - or any employment position.
The information you need to get on a path to fulfilling your goals is just a few clicks away.
However, with the good comes the bad and, at times, the ugly. That’s because while the internet offers an endless supply of knowledge, it can often be difficult for a person to locate that knowledge in the vast universe of the web.
While you may be able to locate information, knowing whether that information is factual is a whole other issue since anybody can add content to the internet - hence the saying, “Don’t believe everything you read online.”
As you’re beginning the process of researching how to become a teacher and browsing the web to find teaching positions in Texas, it’s important to have the right information at your fingertips. We have put together some ideas of the best sites to bookmark on your journey to becoming a teacher to make the infinite size of the internet seem a little bit smaller and more manageable.
Employment Sites To Bookmark
Websites that only feature educator jobs allow you to be more productive in your search.
While popular sites like careerbuilder.com and monster.com include teaching jobs, they also include other positions that require education components (such as a corporate trainer). If these positions are not of interest to you, focusing your job searching efforts on sites strictly dedicated to teaching positions will allow you to use your time more efficiently.
Bookmarking these employment sites will allow you to regularly check back in to see if any new positions have been posted. Many of the sites also allow you to create accounts and sign up for email alerts if a position becomes available in your areas of interest. Some even allow you to post your resume and credentials so districts can contact you if they feel you are a good match.
If you are interested in working for specific districts or a geographic area within the state, it’s also a good idea to bookmark the websites of those school districts so that you can regularly check them for openings. Throughout the year, many school district website post teaching positions, including those of teacher’s aides and substitutes.
Qualification Sites To Bookmark
In addition to websites that advertise open teaching positions, sites that outline your requirements for employment are also useful to bookmark.
These sites are important to bookmark no matter where you are in your journey toward becoming a teacher to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
The Texas Education Agency, the state agency that is in charge of overseeing public education at both the primary and secondary levels, outlines the requirements onits sitethat you must meet in order to become a classroom teacher in Texas.
Alternative teacher certification programs can be a great way to put you on a path toward your goal of teaching in a classroom. In fact, 49% of all new teachers in Texas are prepared through alternative programs.
This type of path for those who have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, real world experience or the combination of both, as well as for those who would benefit from the flexibility these types of programs offer.
The internet can be a useful resource for locating information about employment as a teacher in Texas, whether it’s handy websites that post open positions, the qualifications to become employed as an educator in the state or the options available to you to fulfill your dream of becoming a teacher.
Micah is the Director of Curriculum & Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature, from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Teaching, from Louisiana College. In his previous career, Micah served for 14 years as a banker and bank manager. For the majority of this period, Micah managed the Downtown Fort Worth location of Frost Bank.
In 2005, Micah finally surrendered to his true calling to be an educator. After a brief, but fulfilling term teaching high school English at Flower Mound High School in Lewisville ISD, Micah went to work for the family business, training teachers.
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