Date of Award
Education 590 Project
Master of Education
Department Chair or Program Director
Dr. Jane Huffman
Dr. Nancy Guth
Major or Concentration
Second career teachers are a rapidly growing demographic within the teacher population. However, little research on second career teachers exists. Most of the available literature on second career teachers deals with their motivations for switching careers and the strengths they bring to the classroom. There is a particularly stark lack of research concerning the preparedness of second career teachers during their first year in the classroom. The goal of this research was to investigate preparedness of second career teachers relative to traditional career path teachers. Active teachers with Master’s degrees in education were surveyed to measure feelings of preparedness to teach post-graduation relative to career path. A specific aim of this study was to identify differences in second career and traditional career path teacher preparedness that can be addressed in teacher education programs.
Deemy, John, "Feelings of Preparedness in First Career Versus Second Career Teachers" (2020). Student Research Submissions. 380.