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College programs online could help prospective teachers gain a competitive edge

College programs online could help prospective teachers gain a competitive edge

Saturday, Aug, 25, 2018 10:08PM

As the demand for teachers continues to grow across the country, schools will be looking for individuals who have a great deal of education and experience. As a result, prospective educators may want to consider enrolling in online college courses, which can allow them to hold a job while they pursue a degree.

Some professionals, such as Darlene Pritt, say that working with students while they were enrolled in campus-based or online college degree programs inspired them to work toward administrative positions. The Daily American reports that Pritt, who now serves as acting superintendent of a Pennsylvania school district, worked in a classroom before, during and after she earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in education.

Throughout her college career - which began after her children were born - Pritt held a variety of teaching positions, ranging from homeroom parent to principal. Now, she is planning to pursue a doctoral degree.

Part-time teaching positions, such as teacher's assistant, could help campus-based and online college degree candidates gain the experience they will need to lead their own classrooms. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for these professionals is expected to increase by 10 percent over the next eight years.

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