There’s a reason you need credentials to teach: It’s a challenging, rewarding career that takes skill, creativity and plenty of practice.
It’s also a profession that offers support at every step of the journey, so there’s no reason to wait to start a teacher training program. ?
Here’s why now is the time to apply.
1. Deadlines are closing ⏰
To launch your teaching career, you’re going to need to apply to an educator preparation program. You need some lead time to pull your application materials together, and deadlines are right around the corner!
Don’t worry though—it’s not too late to get started, and we’ll help you through it. Your career awaits!
2. Applying isn’t as hard as you think ?
You’ll likely need to gather transcripts and test scores, get recommendation letters and polish up your resume. And yes, there is probably an essay. Lucky for you, we’ve got the tools to help you get through the process.
Interactive application checklists keep you on track, expert advisers answer your questions, and how-to guides provide insider tips for getting recommendation letters, writing essays and more. You won’t get that kind of support for your Harvard Law app!
3. There’s help for passing those pesky tests ?
It’s inevitable—to show you’re qualified to teach your subject, you’ll have to pass one or more tests, either while you apply or during your program. But don’t run screaming from the building.
You can take advantage of our testing guide to boost your confidence along with your score. You got this!
4. Your education comes with financial aid ?
If you’re concerned about costs, there’s good news: You have scholarship opportunities and financial aid options for your teacher training, including a $1,000 scholarship straight from us. Future CT teachers can also get reimbursed for program application and testing fees.
If you end up taking loans, Uncle Sam offers several programs that pay back loans and even cancel debt for teachers. (Yes, we said cancel.)
5. There’s a JOB waiting for YOU ?
Right now, teachers are in high demand. According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, for professions that require a bachelor’s degree, teaching ranks among the highest for number of job openings. Connecticut hires 3,000 new teachers each year!
If you choose a state designated teacher shortage area like math, world languages or special education, you’ll have even more job opportunities. The faster you get started on your program the faster you’ll find that j.o.b.
6. Compensation packages are better than you’ve heard ?
If you’ve been worried about making ends meet as a teacher, here’s some good news. In Connecticut, the average teacher salary is $72,000. That’s the fifth highest average in the nation! Several school districts also offer additional pay for advanced degrees, national board certification, school improvement and more.
Of course, you’ll also get health and dental insurance. (And did you know about the retirement, housing assistance and retail discounts?) Hear it from a teacher yourself.
7. There’s a teaching program for your unique background ✨
Already have a bachelor’s degree? Still in high school? Thinking about switching careers? There’s a teaching program for you. Check out undergraduate options, master’s degrees and programs for current school employees or military service members.
There’s even part-time and alternate routes to certification for working professionals. Need some guidance? Talk to a certification pathways coach—it’s free!
8. You really, really want to teach ?
Teaching isn’t for the faint of heart—but you already knew that. You’re in this for world-changing work that allows you to use your passions and interests every day, for the opportunity to build your career (and maybe even to earn some Michelle-level love). This is work that robots will never be able to replace. Now that’s job security!
Plus, all that good stuff you already know: a work year with flexibility to use summer days to take classes, nurture your hobbies, travel and spend time with your favorite people. Take the first step with your very own career expert.
9. There’s every reason to start now ?
You’ve got the passion and the drive, and we’ve got the tools to help you succeed. So now is the time to find your program and apply. Do not throw away your shot!