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Old 03-08-2007, 01:40 PM
 
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I would like to become a DOD teacher in the future. How do I go about doing that?


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I work for DODDS in Korea. PM me and I can give you information.
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I would like to have the information, but how do I PM you?
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I know Dod requires 2 or 3 years of full time contract teaching - subbing either long or shortterm (daily) will not count - you have to prove you had a contract with your own classroom(s). The problem is if you did have this you probably wouldn't be looking for an overseas teaching job anyway. I have 10 plus years of subbing and assistant experience but it means nothing to Dod - so I am looking to teach elsewhere overseas.
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I am a first year teacher and I am working for DoDDS


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what is your experieence like so far? do you like it?
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:54 AM
 
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With so many bases closing, DODDS isn't easy to get into! Besides a minimum of two years teaching experience, in order for them to seriously consider you, you need to be qualified in several areas (like Lang. Arts and something else (even better if you have more than two areas); or elementary and special ed(or reading specialist or esl)...
it's possible, but difficult.
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:52 PM
 
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I love it. I went to these schools K-12 so I am familiar with the system.
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:58 PM
 
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Greetings,
I am ending my 20th year with DoDDS in June...as well as my career of 32 years. I have taught in Seoul, Korea, Okinawa, Japan and now in Germany. Thankfully, DoDDS has enabled my husband (also a teacher) and I to have had a plethora of experiences that we never would have had if it weren't our jobs. We raised our children overseas and we are quite proud of how open they are to new experiences. Yes, it's true that there is a huge drawdown of Posts and Bases, mostly happening in Europe. As far as a contract is concerned, some places only require you teach for 1 year (Misawa and Okinawa, Japan for instance), then you can have "home" leave and the rest of the areas have a 2 year contract (Europe) with the same leave paid by the government after you have fulfilled the 2 years. When we entered the system it was required to have had at least 2 years experience Stateside. However, over the years we have taught with fresh, out of college teachers. It's also true if you want to teach in a high school or middle school, you generally must have 2 major core areas on your certificates.

The past 4 years have been quite difficult, as you can imagine, due to the parents being deployed (Iraq, Afghanistan) for a year at a time. But, I have had some of the most terrific, supportive, appreciative parents ever teaching in this system. And, the diversity of our students is wonderful. There are eager, willing and excited about learning!

You can go to the following website and look into DoDEA, Department of Defense Edcational Activity:
www.dodea.edu/offices/hr

Good luck! It will be tough to get into the system at this point, due to a large number of Posts and Bases closing, but well worth it if you can!

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Old 06-01-2008, 01:47 AM
 
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To the OP I dont have any answers because I am looking for the same thing I hope you dont mind if I kind of add to your thread.


My question is, for the DOD system do you have to have a college degree or do you have to just become certified. Also as a military spouse would I have to sign a contract to one school or do I just have to sign a contract to be a teacher in the system for that amount of time. I am looking for a real job in which even when my husband gets out of the military I can continue. I am tired of working dead end jobs and would like to be a contributing asset to my family (financially). I have wanted to be a kindergarden teacher a lot of my life. I am really motivated and have no idea where to get started. We are located in Germany (Mannheim). If any one could give me any info at all it would be helpfull.


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Old 06-01-2008, 05:24 AM
 
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All you need to do is apply and make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. DoDs PREFERS experience, but it not a requirement. I have two friends who are first year teachers this coming fall and will be workin with DoDs.

I did my student teaching with DoDs in Germany and it was a fantastic experience. I had a great time, both working in the school and traveling Europe.

The staff was extremely helpful and answered a lot of questions on procedures, how to become a DoDs teacher, etc (something I opted not to pursue for family reasons). If you have any questions feel free to PM me, I'll be happy to answer what I can.
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:55 AM
 
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for now.

I thought I wanted to work in DOD. I am now wondering why. I have been given the chance to spend some time in my local DOD school. I am truly surprised by some of the things I have seen.

I am not saying that education is not going on, but is it typical for teachers to just read from the text and not demonstrate math to students. Do all of the teachers feel that 4 pages of the same type of problems effectively teaches a child along with a book page. My child has over 9 worksheets. I thought it was maybe a requirement. I now realize that it must be the teacher. I have taught in a very rural area prior to moving overseas. I had such high expectations. I am so unsure.

I realize this is not the right place to post this, but I needed information from those who have worked for DODs. I realize that every teacher has their own approach, but I truly thought that the system would be up-to-date.

I attended a meeting recently and only to be shocked to learn that something I had been doing for years was just now be implemented. I realize that maybe my PD had more options based on location, but when I learned that performance based lesson where "new". I thought this has to be a joke. Wasn't it the government who pushed for this. Shouldn't this have been in the schools that the government has control over? Thank you for any help that can be provided.
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Here are my thoughts on this. When my husband was in the military we lived overseas and my son went to a DoD school. It was by far a better rounded education than what he now receives at our local public school. Money was not the issue that so many local schools here seem to have. Each teacher had their own webpage and things like that.

Here's the downside...the DoD school day is shorter than our current puplic school. My son was reading when we moved away from the DoD school, but tested extremely low when we entered public school (so low that they put him in Title 1 for 3 months to catch him back up with the rest of his class) Over the long haul I think this would have evened out, but it was difficult when talking about primary school aged children.

We loved it overseas and my husband has applied this year to be a DoDDS teacher. We are waiting....(and that's the worst) hoping to be picked up this year. He is qualified in music K-12 and math (7-12). He is also claiming veteren's preference and did his student teaching with DoDDs. Does anyone have any insight on how much this actually helps with DoDDs? I am worried that people with a bazillion years teaching experience will beat him out for a slot.

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How old is too old for DODDS
Old 11-16-2008, 04:16 PM
 
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My husband is interested, but thinks he's too old. He is 65yrs young and in great health. He has a Bachelor's in Sociology; a Master's in Office Management and a Th.D in Theology. He is a Navy retired pilot and has taught in several Junior Colleges around the US, but would have to get his educ. cert. Or does he need it?

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What specific path did your friends take to be able to get into DOD without teaching experience?
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:53 PM
 
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Hello,

My wife and I are both teachers and very interested in working for the department of defense. I have no idea how to PM you but if you are willing, please email me at travish4103@hotmail.com I have a few questions regarding working with the DOD and if you could help I would greatly appreciate it.

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Old 07-09-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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My husband is applying for a teaching job overseas through the DoD which we are very excited about. My question is, as the wife in this deal, could I obtain a job overseas to occupy my time since I will not be able to teach? I have my degree is business, but that's the extent of it. Are there other jobs available?
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:04 AM
 
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Hello!

I am very much interested. I will be graduating this semester but my major focuses on teaching preschool. I understand that I still need two years worth of teaching in my own classroom.

Are there any job openings for preschool teachers overseas?
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:17 PM
 
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Hello,

I have read the posts about first year teachers getting jobs with DOD. I am thinking these might be math/science/special ed positions. I am interested in a job with DOD but am not sure how to break beyond the online application. I will have 6.5 years of full-time elementary teaching experience at the end of this school year. I hold a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a Master's degree in Instructional Leadership. I serve as team lead, social studies curriculum chair and a mentor. How do I get noticed? I would appreciate any tips.



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Old 03-08-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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If you haven't done so (and are able to since it is last minute) I highly advise attending the interview event in DC if you meet their qualifications. www.dodea.edu under news/announcements will have the interview requirements and the information on how to request an interview. DoDDs says that it has no affect on your chances, but I believe a face to face meeting is always beneficial.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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Does anybody answer the questions posted, or do all posters just ask for information without reading the prior posts?
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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Dear Kim,

We are Dodea teachers and I can honestly tell you that the best way to prepare for this selection process is to go through the ever-changing process at the Dodea website. Make sure you continually check your on-line file since sometimes the documents you scan are not reviewed and your file will say that you are not qualified in certain areas when, in fact, you are. If you are missing anything they will dismiss your file for any potential jobs. If you are being considered for a position you will receive an email. Best wishes...these are difficult times for educators!
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I was wondering if it would be a plus if both my spouse and I are teachers with 10 yrs experience along with being head coaches. My wife is a Basketball coach and I am a football/baseball coach. We have 2 children and are looking for a change and experience that will enhance our children lives.

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Old 09-20-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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Hi, I am so excited about this I have been doing some research! I am in a cohort at Radford University, and my major is early childhood special education, I will be certified to be a special education teacher for PRE-K and a regular education for PRE-K-3rd grade. For our second semester of our masters year, we are trying to student teach at a DOD school. We are in the application process, still trying to figure out details, and about to send all of our applications in, do you have any suggestions? It is about 7 girls that are interested in going, and we do not know if there is a chance of us all being placed together or if it is better for us to be realistic and think maybe we could get split 3 and 4! Also, do you think it is most likely that we will get placed? I would love to hear about your experience and if you have any suggestions for me. I am new to this website as I just found it researching for being a student teacher for DOD. If you could email me back at ccolangel#radford.edu I hope to hear from you, thanks so much!
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:45 AM
 
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Does anyone know about the rules for pets if you teach overseas? The website was very vague...
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Hi, I know you wrote that question a long time ago, but.... pet rules will vary depending on the country you are entering. Check with the consulate in the specific country
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:34 PM
 
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At 33 years old I just changed from a pretty successful career in ministry to teaching. My goal is to teach for the DoD, going to all of the places most people will not go... Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.

I am working on credentialing right now. I am also looking to join the Navy Reserve.

Here is my question: Will joining the Reserve set me back from being able to join the DoD as a civilian teacher? Will it be a mark against me?

Thanks for your time and congratulations on your retirement.

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The documents I read say that it's on you. As a military spouse, our experience has been it is your job to arrange for and pay for all transportation to get your pet to the new place. Some housing allows for pets, some doesn't. Some countries require microchipping while others don't allow specific pets. It is a very unique challenge that you just have to take one step at a time.
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Oddly enought the students from DODD schools out perform students stateside on standardized test. I suspect it could be that DODD students are challenged to be independent & accountable in their approach to learning & there is a lot less hand holding in the classrooms
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:41 AM
 
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I am finishing up student teaching and I am wanting to go to the DOD teacher fair in Iowa in February. Does anyone know how likely it is that I walk away with a job. Does my experience playing college basketball and coaching high school matter at all?
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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I am a SPED teacher for LAUSD and am interested in teaching for DOD. I have 3 small kids and am wondering how life in the DOD is like for families.
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I am also a spec ed teacher with a mod/severe credential from California. I am interested in retiring from teaching in California and working for the DOD for a couple of years. I am very interested in Germany. I have a reading certificate and can teach elementary reading and math as well as k-22 moderate to severe special edcuation/self contained classroom. I've been a successful teacher for 7 years. Teaching is 2nd career. First career was working with a large international corporation. Do you think the DOD would be interested in me? I have a hubby who I would need to bring along!
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:10 PM
 
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I'm trying to find a position somewhere in the Pacific at the moment. Do you have any idea if there are foreign language courses at the middle or high school level? I'm an ESL teacher with a pending ELA (English Language Arts) license, but I plan to tack on my licence to teach Chinese before the end of the year. I hope the former will make me an attractive candidate, but I'm not sure if they'll have any interest in the latter despite the military's emphasis on learning Chinese.
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I am considering retiring here in Ohio this year from Reading Recovery and being a Title teacher.
I am 60 years old and wonder if going into DODDs is for me. I will have to work. I have a dog and a car. So many questions to consider and need an experienced persons opinion and advise. In Ohio we are overwhelmed with standards, assessment, student plans, etc, etc. Teaching is not fun anymore. HELP!
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Hi Guys,

I am a military spouse with a BS in Marketing & Management, with interest in working as in early childhood special education. I am not sure where to start I checked out the DODEA requirements and they says that a teaching license is needed to be considered. I need some advice as to where i should start. My husband is in the military and we are only in one location for a limited amount of time. Hope to hear from your experiences.

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I am hoping to do my student teaching experience with DoDDS next Spring. My University has okay-ed everything, but I was wondering if you could tell me more about your experience!
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I loved your response. I retired from the Air Force after 26 years. I started up and finished college after 4 more years of dedicated study. I then did my student teaching (in DoDEA) and was licensed after taking and passing 5 very difficult (well 2 were) examinations. I started subbing for another 2 years and did a lot of Paraprofessional work. I finally landed a job after 16 interviews in/on Okinawa, Japan. The job lasted "only" 6 months because of a system called "transfers." I lost my position due to schools closing in Europe and the teachers were placed worldwide. The newly hired teachers (less than 18 months) are knocked out of their positions and have no recourse whatsoever. Be prepared for a difficult and long journey. Thank God that I have my retirement salary to live off of since it has been so rocky.
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Old 06-15-2017, 06:53 AM
 
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My wife is a 6th grade math teacher here in NC but I'm getting stationed in Texas, we were looking into the Dodds program can you help us understand how it works and the requirements please and thank you
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