I have been trying to decide about entering the Education field for years now. I am one of those people that have to ponder things for a long time, but this is going on years.
I have taken the first part of the teacher's certification exam, and because Math teachers are in such demand, even though I do not have an Education degree, I can take the 2nd exam and eventually become a teacher (there are a few dues to pay first ;) I had a little interruption in my plans 3 years ago when I became pregnant. But, now I am, again, thinking about the leap.
But, I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. It is a huge salary cut to become a teacher. Also, we have insurance through my company which is much cheaper than with hubby's. I have a pretty flexible part-time schedule where I am now, but I am so disenchanted with the corporate world. I have been in the same industry for over 20 years! And, I really have a heart for kids who are struggling in Math.
I talked to a substitute teacher today at a kid's birthday party (of all places!). She substitutes for my daughter's class sometimes. She talked to me about becoming what is called a "supply" teacher first which is what she does now. This is substituting for long periods of time for teachers who are on short or long term disability. You must have a degree which you do not have to have to be a substitute.
I keep trying to figure out how to do it. I have prayed about it for years. I do feel encouraged, and maybe I just need to jump. But, at this point, I think it would be easier if I were pushed!