Launching yourself into an education career isn’t as simple as it used to be. Learn some tips to ease the way.

Following her graduation last year from the University of North Texas in Denton, Brittney Seale was off to a good start in her search for a teaching job.

She applied to more than 10 school districts, both large and small. Certified as a grades 4-8 generalist in Texas, she also passed the grades 4-8 mathematics certification test in hopes of better positioning herself to land her ideal assignment as a middle school math teacher.

What if you don’t get hired?

Not receiving any job offers — and even worse, not getting any interviews — can be extremely discouraging. Prospective teachers may have to be patient and willing to shift gears in order to find that first teaching job. But education graduates have options.

Get on the substitute teacher list.

Working as a substitute is a great way to continue gaining experience in the classroom, to get a feel for the kind of school you want to work in, and to get noticed by administrators.

Look in rural areas of your state.

Teaching anywhere for a couple of years will put you in a much better position to seek work in the district of your choice later on. Projects also exist that provide ongoing support and training for teachers in rural and remote areas.

Consider a master’s degree.

There are mixed feelings about whether districts prefer advanced degrees or more classroom experience. The upside is that continuing your education shows that you’re dedicated to working in the profession and gives you an opportunity to bring additional knowledge and skills to the classroom when you’re

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