Alternative Careers With A Teacher Certification

Author: Andrew Pearson  4/19/2007 8:13:00 PM EDT
TaskStream - Tools of Engagement


Careers, Library/Information Sciences, Life Skills, Research
This unit is a scavenger hunt that will allow the student to find out what other alternatives that having a teacher certification has in terms of other careers.
This will allow the student access to several websites to help in the search to different alternatives of having a teacher certification. This will help them understand that there are other careers that can use the certification in real world applications.
This lesson will allow a individual on the insight of how their teacher certification can also work in other careers.

This unit will allow the individual to explore the internet for careers and research there importance within the parameters of the teaching certificate that they have or will obtain in the near future. This lesson will also help those that are beginning to worry about the constant threat of unemployment problems that plague this country now. This will allow the individual to make a secondary option in case of the problem of no jobs in the area.
The student will go through a list of web sites and explore the many opportunities that are out there regarding the advancement with the aid of their teacher certification. This will be complete in the use of a scavenger hunt of the given web sites and those they also find on the web. Each student will right a three to four page research paper on their findings.
This will all depend on the situation that appears in the classroom. This will have to be dealt with the regulations that are instated by the college or institution guidelines.
Since this is the first time that this lesson will be used there will be no example for the student to look at for a basis for the assignment. Make sure to collect a sample for the next year that will help the students to understand the assignment.
Students will work individually.
1 class period. 50 Min. per class.
For future reference the teacher should make sure to collect a sample for the next years students so they have a idea of what is going into the assignment.

  1. Innovations in Education: Alternative Routes..... This is a government web site that will allow you to find information on the subject.
  2. National Center for Alternative Certification This web site will help explore the alternatives for the teacher certification.
  3. National Center for Education Information This web site has information regarding the opportunities there are with a teacher certification.
  • Technology resources:
    Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Word

USA- American Assc. of School Librarians: Info. Literacy Standards for Student Learning
• Area Information Literacy
From Chapter 2, "Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning," of Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning by American Association of School Librarians and Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Copyright 1998 American Library Association and Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association.
 Standard 1The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively.
 Standard 2The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently
 Standard 3The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively

USA- ISTE: Profiles for Technology Literate Students (includes NETS for Students)
• Grade Grades 9-12

Numbers in parentheses following each performance indicator refer to the standards category to which the performance is linked. The categories are:
1. Basic operations and concepts
2. Social, ethical, and human issues
3. Technology productivity tools
4. Technology communications tools
5. Technology research tools
6. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools

Reprinted from National Educational Technology Standards for Students - Connecting Curriculum and Technology, copyright © 2000, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), 800.336.5191 (U.S. & Canada) or 541.302.3777 (Int’l),, All rights reserved. For more information about the NETS Project, contact Lajeane Thomas, Director, NETS Project, 318.257.3923, Reprint permission does not constitute an endorsement by ISTE or the NETS Project.

 Performance Objective 1Identify capabilities and limitations of contemporary and emerging technology resources and assess the potential of these systems and services to address personal, lifelong learning, and workplace needs. (2)
 Performance Objective 2Make informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services. (1, 2)
 Performance Objective 3Analyze advantages and disadvantages of widespread use and reliance on technology in the workplace and in society as a whole. (2)
 Performance Objective 4Demonstrate and advocate for legal and ethical behaviors among peers, family, and community regarding the use of technology and information. (2)
 Performance Objective 5Use technology tools and resources for managing and communicating personal/professional information (e.g., finances, schedules, addresses, purchases, correspondence). (3, 4)
 Performance Objective 6Evaluate technology-based options, including distance and distributed education, for lifelong learning. (5)
 Performance Objective 7Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity. (4, 5, 6)
 Performance Objective 8Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in content learning. (4, 5)
 Performance Objective 9Investigate and apply expert systems, intelligent agents, and simulations in real-world situations. (3, 5, 6)
 Performance Objective 10Collaborate with peers, experts, and others to contribute to a content-related knowledge base by using technology to compile, synthesize, produce, and disseminate information, models, and other creative works. (4, 5, 6)