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Studer Education recently completed a military satisfaction survey for military personnel/family members who have either completed or are currently enrolled in TeacherReady, the University of West Florida’s educator preparation institute. TeacherReady is an online alternative certification program to earn professional teaching certification in Florida; it is state approved and accredited by NCATE.
We think service members who want to teach can be great teachers and educational leaders. Our military survey focused on this with questions about the teacher candidate’s work with his/her mentor teacher, future educational plans, and willingness to serve as a mentor or contact for other military personnel transitioning to teaching. Responses from one of the questions “Discuss why you chose education as a second career” include (selected):
Teaching has been a significant component of my work throughout my life. Moving into a more formal classroom setting seemed a logical step. In addition, colleagues and friends consistently, and independently of each other, affirmed teaching as one of my strengths. Though academically qualified to teach at the collegiate level, my life circumstances make pursuing a high school teaching position the right choice for me.
I found that as an Air Force instructor, I found great satisfaction in watching students grow and I enjoyed being able to help someone achieve objectives. This continued into the elementary education arena because I felt I could use my military background/experiences to help children succeed in their studies.
I was very excited to become a teacher as a second career. After spending many years as a volunteer in my children’s classrooms and I then several years as a substitute teacher I was confident that this was a good career choice for me and a great choice because I was a military spouse.
The majority of respondents stated that TeacherReady prepared them for their first teaching position and would recommend this alternative certification program to other military personnel and their families. Furthermore, respondents either “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that they participated in professional conversations with their mentor teacher during field expenses in addition to teachers other than or in addition to their mentor teacher. The majority of respondents also said that TeacherReady met their military status/position needs during their time of enrollment in the program.
The teaching profession benefits from service members choosing teaching as a second career and, more importantly, students in K-12 benefit. The responses of our military TeacherReady teachers allows us to revisit our program delivery and enrollment processes so that we can better serve our military and others interesting in the teaching profession; we hope that you connect with their responses and see teaching as a continued public service to our nation so that teaching becomes an “option” for you and other individuals who may have never considered it before.
TeacherReady is an online alternative certification program targeted to individuals interested in a career transition to the teaching profession. TeacherReady is a state approved, NCATE accredited alternative certification program that is affiliated with the University of West Florida. Visit our website or connect with us on Facebook for more information.
Dr. Sarah Miller is director of TeacherReady. Please contact her by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (850.432.7051) for more information about enrolling in TeacherReady or about TeacherReady’s military partnerships.
Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. To do this we teach teachers and leaders how to get the best student learning results and create results-oriented school cultures. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com to learn more about Studer Education Teacher Development Institutes (TDIs), Leader Development Institutes (LDIs), and Evidence-Based Leadership. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, winner of a 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.