FYI: Learn To Teach

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As the number of Americans on unemployment grows - almost 3 million people are collecting checks - there are a few sectors bucking the trend. CBS News examined some of the best new opportunities in the series, Hard Times, Good Jobs.

As Michelle Miller reports, a good salary and fulfilling career could be waiting for you … if you just do your homework. The Department of Education says there's a critical need for teachers in inner city schools and rural areas, especially in math, science and special education.

How can you get there? Read on:

More Information

  • For teaching opportunities in New York City, visit Teach NYC. The New York teaching program offers scholarships, incentives, and loan forgiveness. Click here for information on financial support.
  • A nationwide way for young people to get started working in schools and communities is Americorps. Check out its Web site here, and learn more about the programs offered here and here.
  • Teach for America is another opportunity for recent graduates. According to its Web site, it: "is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity." Check it out here.
  • Visit the Web site of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • "Troops to Teachers" is a program by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense that helps eligible military personnel take their skills and become public school teachers. Visit its Web site here.