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High School Student

It’s never too soon to plan for your career in education. There are so many opportunities to work in a school setting and get a sense of whether the education path is for you. High school students have a perspective of K-12 schooling that is reflective of their own recent experiences and can contribute positively in the K-12 educational setting whether it is as a classified or certificated employee. We invite you to consider the many options! 

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Trying to figure out if teaching is the right career for you? Do you want to learn more about what it is like? Answer these questions and more by checking out Teach California resources.

Take a look at the Education Career Pathway Flowcharts below to learn more about pathways and options. Then check out the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved teacher preparation programs website to find a program that fits you.

Education Career Pathway Flowcharts

Each type of educator has its own set of requirements. The steps outlined below give the basic overview of the steps you need to complete, whether you would like to be a classroom instructional aide (paraprofessional), an elementary teacher, secondary teacher, substitute teacher, or special education teacher (Education Specialist). You'll even see a description for those who are interested in a program where you can earn your bachelors and teaching credential through the same program (combined bachelors + credential). 

Be sure to also take a look at our Level Up event, to help you learn more about educator preparation programs at local San Diego County institutions.

Wish you had more information about how to apply for jobs? Prepare for job interviews? Complete your EdJoin profile? Or perhaps you just want to learn more about recruitment events. Check our recruitment events and resources!


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