Whether you have just graduated from college and are interested in gaining teaching experience or you are passionate about teaching but uninterested in going back to school, you may be still qualified to teach in some capacity. While jobs that require no certification usually pay less, they offer plenty of teaching experience and many of the same rewards as certified positions.
Teach For America
Teach For America offers well-qualified recent college graduates an opportunity to teach for two years in low-income communities. It simultaneously offers its teachers the training and support needed to teach. According to the Teach For America website, the program is growing in its current communities and still expanding to new communities.
Substitute teachers are fill-ins for teachers who are away from the classroom due to illness, family emergencies, vacations, and so on. People who are certified and people who are not certified can become substitute teachers. However, it is helpful for recent grads or education students with a certain amount of education under their belts to gain experience through substitute teaching. Substitute positions typically pay by the day, are often scheduled at the last minute, and are not a guaranteed source of steady income.
Teacher's aide positions can be found in all types of educational settings. Aides generally assist teachers with routine tasks such as printing assignments, providing students with one-on-one attention, taking attendance and grading. Teacher's aides generally have to have prior experience working with children and a high school diploma and often need to have had some college education.
Teaching internships are often full time and pay very little (or nothing) to people wanting to gain experience as a teacher. Teaching interns typically perform the same responsibilities that a regular teacher would but under guidance of an experienced teacher. Some private schools and public school districts require that teachers have previously had a teaching internship.
Teaching in a Private School
Private school teachers generally have the same role as public school teachers, but they are usually not required to have any form of certification. However, private schools often pay teachers much less than public schools pay teachers. To gain more income, a private school teacher may opt to work in an administrative role in addition to a teaching role or ultimately end up working elsewhere.
Teaching English Abroad
Teaching English abroad typically requires no certification. However, even in countries where certification is required, an authorized training program can offer such certification within weeks rather than the year plus it takes to get a K to 12 teaching certification. In addition to being a great teaching opportunity, teaching English abroad offers people a chance to explore other parts of the world.
2016 Salary Information for Teacher Assistants
Teacher assistants earned a median annual salary of $25,410 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, teacher assistants earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,520, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,990, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 1,308,100 people were employed in the U.S. as teacher assistants.