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Getting Close to Finishing Teaching Certification and Job Fairs

So I am just a few weeks away from being done with all of my student teaching. I have my week of culminating teaching coming up just before Thanksgiving and tomorrow I take my final certification test over pedagogy.

As for the test, it is my final of three. I already passed the general knowledge test and my subject area test in social studies.  I have to actually travel about 90 miles to take this one though. I waited till the last minute to schedule it and in order to take it soon and not wait a month I have to travel down to Waco.

I can’t wait to be done. Then it becomes a waiting game with the state of Florida until I get my official certification. I know I still have to do my fingerprints and whatnot but that is all just a matter of getting it done.

So I hope, and this may be hugely stretching it with the holidays coming up, to be certified by January. I am already starting to look into job fairs to go to. I am even considering going back overseas.  I’d rather stay here in the US until I have a few years of experience though. I am still looking at Alaska, but not ruling out staying here in Texas.  There might actually be an opening here at the school I am doing my student teaching at. Plus I heard through the grapevine the other that another teacher will be out on maternity leave sometime next spring. So a long term sub position would look nice on my resume as well.

I am planning on going to two job fairs right now. The first is coming up at the end of January in Waterloo, Iowa. It is put on each year but the University of Northern Iowa and is geared toward overseas jobs. Apparently it is one of the better overseas teaching job fairs and probably the cheapest in that.  The second fair is coming up at the end of March in Anchorage. This is for teaching in Alaska. Other than those two I might look for some in Texas but nothing is listed yet.

For once I am excited and terrified about a job search. It should be an interesting, even if bumpy, ride.

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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