Leave academia for K-12?
February 8, 2011 6:24 AM Subscribe
My partner is doing her Ph.D in English but is starting to think she wants to teach elementary or high school. We're in Canada. We've got questions about the job market, location, and the benefits and burdens of getting the Ph.D.
posted by Beardman to Work & Money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know these are a lot of questions, but they could be summarized as "Uh, what should she do?"
1. How is the job market for K-12 in Canada right now? Specifically, in B.C.? How hard is it to get full-time work if your specialties are English/Language Arts/Drama?
2. If she's got an M.A. in English and she gets a B.Ed from an Ontario university, how annoying is it to get a B.C. certificate? And do out-of-province job applicants get discriminated against in practice?
3. Will she have a harder time getting hired with a Ph.D? She's ABD in her doctorate right now, and she's inclined to try to get the Ph.D. since she's already jumped through all but the biggest, dissertation-sized hoop. She's got another 1.5 years of funding, and a well-enough-defined project that she could probably finish in that time. So on its own merits I think she'd like to have the degree to show for herself, but would it be job market poison (e.g. would it raise her pay grade and make her less attractive of a candidate?)?
Thanks for any tips.