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Old 05-19-2018, 01:31 AM
 
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I'm 46 years old and 2/3rds through my credential program in NH. I worked 20 years in the banking industry. I went part time taking one class at a time. I also work as a paraprofessional in a high school. That pretty much gave me all the student contact hours required by the program. The program itself should also have observation hours built in to some of the classes. I had to take a few days off from work to fulfill them, but at least as a paraprofessional I had personal and sick time I could use. I didn't think I could work with SPED kids, handle it, but it was easier than I thought. They train you if they need you somewhere that you aren't experienced in. Right now I am a glorified babysitter/disciplinarian but at least I have good paid time off. I actually enjoy it as the sped kids are so enjoyable. It is hard getting half the income I used to get, but we make it work. I start my student teaching in the fall of this year. I am just waiting to see what I got on my Praxis II test. ANXIOUS! It took me 9 times to pass the Praxis Core test as I have severe test anxiety and math is very difficult for me. I also haven't been to college since 1990 so trying to take an all encompassing test like the Praxis is very hard for me. This is the second time I have taken the Praxis II test for specific subject matter as I am going for secondary education. I am definitely not a school type of person as I averaged c's and d's in high school and my bachelor's degree was difficult. But I stuck it out and had lots of tutoring. Thank goodness for crash course on YouTube and Chegg tutoring services. I, too, am nervous about finding a job once I graduate as there are no jobs out there for social studies teachers as well. But I figure we are already making it on lower income. What's a few more years plus a hefty financial aid payment. I think you should just jump in with both feet and buckle up for a wild ride.😊

Cindy
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