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Transitioning to high school teaching

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by FPH, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. FPH

    FPH New Member

    I know this has been discussed on this board before, but I couldn't find a recent thread about it so I apologize.

    I was curious if any ex-sports journos have been able to transition to high school teaching? I spent about four years in the newspaper industry, fortunately got out and now work a job that is stable but still not what I want to do long term. I live in a state where the ABCTE (http://abcte.org) is an option. Basically, it's an 8-10 month self-paced program to teacher certification. Anyone have experience with that track or something similar?

    I'm not sure this is the career path I want to take either, but it's always been something I considered a back-up plan. Just hoping to hear from some people who have been through it.
  2. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    I've thought about it. How much does the ABCTE program cost?
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    1900 bucks -- $900 off!
  4. FPH

    FPH New Member

    It kind of varies by subject. I'm interested in history, which is $1,995 for the standard program and $2,450 for the ABCTE+ Program (which gives you more resources).
  5. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Wish their program was recognized in more places. I wonder how that compares with other certification programs.

    I know a lot of high schools now have actual journalism/media programs, which almost no one did in my day. I'd like to teach that and/or history/government.
  6. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    Do it. Do IT!

    I did, and I couldn't be happier. I didn't do the program you are discussing. I went back to school to get my masters. The program is a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT). It is designed for people with a bachelor's degree but with no previous education courses.

    I went from making crap, crap insurance and retirement, working ungodly hours, and getting more and more piled on every day to a huge pay raise, great insurance, state retirement, holidays, being appreciated.

    I really like what I do, and feel like I make a difference.

    Right out of the gate, I started making $10K more than I ever made in the newspaper business and probably $12K more than I did my last year. Factor in not having to pay for insurance, and the raise is even greater. (*My pay was bumped because of the 4 years I spent in the Navy and coaching supplement)
  7. FPH

    FPH New Member

    I'd love to go back for a master's but still have way too much debt from my undergrad.
  8. FPH

    FPH New Member

    It requires 60 contact hours in a school. I think there's also a mentor program. Not sure about the inner city/low-income thing. That'd definitely be a concern.
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Shoeless Joe,

    What subjects do you teach? You teach high school, right? How long did the master's program take?
  10. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    I teach English IV and journalism. I am also certified for secondary history and all four subject areas in middle school. Although I am certified to teach middle school math, I am in no way capable of it, though!

    The program I went to can be completed in about a calendar year. You do eight intensive classes (one at a time, two nights a week) May-December, then do a semester of student teaching.
  11. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    I went through a similar program offered through my state's community college system. I now teach photojournalism and advise the yearbook staff. The pressures are different, but I wouldn't go back. My regret is that I didn't go into teaching back in the day, as I'd be over halfway to retirement. I'll add more later, or feel free to PM me.
  12. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    I became the unofficial yearbook editor. The advisor asked me if I cared to look over a couple pages one day, and I said sure. The next thing I know, I'm copy editing the whole thing. I crank them back in a matter of seconds, and one of the kids said, "He's like a machine. How's he do that?" The advisor just laughed and told them I had a little bit of experience copy editing pages on a tight deadline.

    I wish I had made the move to teaching 10 years before I did, and I really wish I made it 20 years before I did. All that is from a selfish point of view though, thinking about all the toiling I did in newspapers and how close I'd be to retirement. From a professional standpoint, I think having worked and lived in the real world all those years makes me a better teacher. I can relate experiences to and advise my kids in ways people who have never done anything outside of education can.
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