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Teaching opportunities in Texas may be a good fit for prior military

Courtesy of Region 4

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The gratification of teaching can be difficult to put into words. Teachers encounter challenges daily, but the satisfaction of finding solutions to help a child learn and grow is both enjoyable and rewarding. The children of today need strong role models who can lead them to great futures.

Texas needs confident, well-trained leaders to guide students to successful learning and careers. Military experience helps develop basic skills that can be put to good use in the classroom. The ability to establish an environment of mutual respect and stability is essential to the learning process, and former military personnel often have the ability to provide this type of environment. These individuals also offer the added characteristic of confidence as they walk into the classroom on the first day of school. Veterans have first-hand experience with overcoming extremely difficult situations and can use those same skills to lead classrooms full of students toward the mastery of academic skills.

While public education has experienced some reduction in hiring due to the economy, critical shortages still exist in certain fields of study. Texas school districts are seeking highly qualified math, science, and bilingual teachers. The Hispanic population is growing; therefore, adults who are capable of clear communication in both Spanish and English can greatly improve the quality of education for Spanish-speaking students. It is important for all children to fully understand educational concepts explained in their native language because it helps to ensure that they don’t fall behind academically while becoming proficient in English. Additionally, math and science experts have always been in demand, but, due to the rapid advancement of technology, the need for workers with strong math and science skills has increased that demand. In order for the United States to continue to compete globally, schools must produce students with solid educational foundations. Quality math and science teachers can ignite curiosity in students and propel them toward a great future. Teaching in one of these fields would enable a veteran to continue contributing to the future of Texas and the nation.

Many veterans have decided to take on the challenge of working with children as teachers in the public schools. Few jobs offer the opportunity to enjoy the intellectual and emotional satisfaction that can be gained by working with students. Many veterans have life experiences that have prepared them to help children achieve academic and life success. Veterans who become teachers may find that a door to a world of possibilities and advancement is opened. The bottom line is that a career in education directly impacts the future. With influential educators, the children of today will be prepared to take leadership positions tomorrow.

Veterans who are considering the prospect of becoming a Texas teacher may want to know more about the requirements. The Region 4 Alternative Certification Program (ACP) can provide assistance. Region 4 is committed to working with veterans and their families. Its staff is prepared to answer questions about various certification options and to help veterans determine whether they qualify (a bachelor’s degree is required).

In addition, the Region 4 ACP is approved by the Veterans Administration for benefits. Its financial specialists can assist veterans or dependents with accessing benefits. Region 4 ACP participates in Troops to Teachers, MyCAA - Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, and benefits for dependents. Recently, the Region 4 ACP Principal and Superintendent programs were also approved for eligible veterans’ benefits.

When contacting Region 4 ACP, be sure to ask about the online training that is available worldwide. Currently, internships or clinical teaching must be conducted in Texas, but all pre-service training can be completed anywhere, at anytime. Over 40 teaching certificates are available through this program. Interested veterans and family members should visit www.region4acp.net or call 713-744-6323.

 

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