School layoffs are affecting teachers all across the country. They can often come in different forms. You can get a pink slip that warns you you might lose your job or you can get the news that your job has already been eliminated. If you are a teacher, whether you are new or have been teaching for years, you should check into the regulations in your particular state to see if your job as a teacher is at risk. There are avenues available to you if you do end up losing your job.
If you are laid off or are worried about losing your job, there are many things you can do to make a job loss work in your advantage. If you are teaching currently, working towards a online master in education, or trying to finish your college degree in teaching, you can help yourself to enrich your chances in the teaching field for now and in the future.
In order to make yourself more irreplaceable, it is a good idea to specialize in a subject or field that is in high demand. Some districts that are firing teachers are also hiring. That may sound strange, but when you think about it, it makes sense as well. Schools may be understaffed in certain subjects while they are overstaffed in other areas. School districts often place higher demands on teachers who have received masters in education when they specialize in things like special education, science, or foreign languages.
If, however, your passion lies in a subject that is in low demand, it is a good idea to earn extra teaching degrees. Getting post graduate degrees can increase your job options. It might also be a good idea to earn additional certifications in teaching so that you are qualified to teach on more than one subject.
Getting extra degrees can be costly but there are a number of resources that can help you finance your degrees. Even if you do not find a job right away, you could work in your field as a substitute teacher.
When you sign up to be a substitute teacher you will be called when a teacher is sick or takes vacation time. Any time you substitute as a teacher, you are able to demonstrate your abilities to that particular school. You also have the opportunity to earn money and do what you are passionate about doing. You are in your profession when you substitute and you can start a network with the administration and other teachers. When the school has an opening, you may very well be considered since you have proven yourself reliable and qualified. If you find a job at another school, you have great references and experience in your background to help you secure the job.
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