Planning to be a Teacer, but Also Planning to be a SAHM--Concerned

Mia - posted on 09/19/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I am almost finished with a degree in teaching. I am also starting to plan to have children. We both want me to stay home to raise our children and homse-school them. I know I can do at-home daycare for income, tutor part-time, or even work a part-time job when he is home to take care of the children. My concern is more with regard to the teacher side of me.

How hard will it be for me to get a job again once my children are older, after I've spent many years outside of the classroom?

Are there certain part-time jobs or activities I can do to make that distant time easier (like working as a tutor rather than a daycare provider, or volunteering in schools on the days when he is off work since he has some weekdays off each week)?

Assuming I will need at least to get re-certified when the time comes, will that be all or will I need classes or even more? Basically, will my current degree be wasted?

Would it be helpful/make that distant re-starting time easier if I teach for a few years before taking time off to start and raise and teach a family? If so, how long would be long enough to be safe?

I'm sure there are no concrete answers. I'm sure the answers that exist may vary by state, county, and even just simply over time since education changes so often. I'm afraid that my degree will be useless if I have children right away or even after a few years of teaching--or maybe regardless of time spent teaching, since time off is time off regardless of when it occurs and change doesn't care about timelines. I'm also afraid of waiting too long to start a family since my family history for age 35+ pregnancies is not very pleasant and I will already be in my late twenties before I even have my degree. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!


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Jodi - posted on 09/19/2013




I don't know where you live, but I am in Australia and you could maintain your teaching practice through ongoing professional development, or maybe even picking up one day a week of casual work here and there. There is plenty of availability for casual relief. You can also ease back in to the workforce here through casual teaching, and would eventually pick up contracts, etc. But that's where I live. This is something you would have to ask your local teacher registration organisation.

Sarah - posted on 09/19/2013




I am not a teacher, so some things I may not be able to answer. But from listening to my sister talk (she is a teacher). I would suggest teaching for a couple of years first. It sounds like for the first year of your teaching job you are supervised and evaluated before you actually get your teaching license. So from that knowledge I would think that if you did not do that then you would not have your license and you would then have to fall under the new regulations at the time you do start back teaching. Thus meaning that you may have to do extra schooling before being able to teach. I also know that for a teacher to keep her license she must complete so many hours of education every year (just like many other professions that hold a license). If you are planning on returning back to teaching I would suggest keeping your continuing education up and renewing your license every year....even if you are not teaching. This keeps you current and allows you to step back into the classroom. My guess is if you let your license go you will have to redo it and would then be required to go under the guidelines of the new regulations (if there are ones) at the time you reenter. Which could mean going back to school if new requirements are needed.

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