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By ferocious ·
Since companies don't care about a Bachelor degree, I decided to see how I will do in Teaching. Today, I got accepted by the Houston Independent School District to begin my alternative certification training. I qualified to teach everything exceptmusic and art for grades Four through Eight. Once I'm done with the training I can take some additional College courses to qualify to teach in High School, but I may just stay at the lower grades. And if any of you have kids, you'll probably agree. I have two teenage boys, so I know what I'm talking about. I coached flag football teams for 3 years for 4th and 5th graders, and I had a blast.

Finally, I worked hard for 5 years to get a BBA degree and not one IT interviewer cared. I can better utilize what I learned in college by teaching children, which is what I've been wanting to do anyway.

Is this a cop-out? Call it what you will. This is my life and I do what I want. With my wife's help, of course. Now all I do is sit in my hot tub every morning at 5:00 a.m., and wait to start my training in June.

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May I learn from you?

by HarriettXing In reply to Teaching

Would you care to share the full story?

I am also very interested in teaching, but most of the teaching job openings I saw (in the Washington DC area) require a degree in education and teacher's certification. There is the possibility of workingon a MA in Education through evening classes.

I've been working in the IT field for the last 6-8 years and as every day goes by I feel increasingly trapped in a career I have no passion for.

Congratulations on making the right move.

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by ferocious In reply to May I learn from you?

I don't know about where you live,but here in Texas we have the Alternative Certification Program (which is open to out of state graduates). They analyze your transcripts and tell you what classes you qualify to teach without a degree in education (but you need to have a bachelor's degree). You take a one-year internship and they deduct the cost of the training from your first-year's paychecks. For more information, you can check out for Texas. Do a google search for alternative certification and include your state in the search to see what they offer. I got accepted by Houston Independent School District (they are interleaved with Region IV's education program, but offer their own, as well). Hope this helped. Good luck.

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