Then after you've got your teaching credential in hand, you can either go back to the US or just get on the international school circuit.
That is the goal! Either I find a decent American teaching job, or given that the various political nutjobs in my country are spending great heaping amounts of their time trashing our education system, hello international schools!
If you happened to study Economics or, basically, Anything But English, try to get a position teaching that subject so you can get a cert in something other than ESL/English. There are many fewer subject area teachers, and thus good jobs are easier to come by.
Indeed. I studied Geography and History, ie, Social Studies, which of course is the most difficult subject area to be hired in America (and probably ISs, too). But, my real hope, and I guess this is considered odd by many people, is actually not to teach Secondary but Elementary. I actually like teaching kids, although not as much in ESL
so the idea of working with the upper elementary grades in an environment where they mostly speak decent English is very appealing at this point. Teaching MS or HS isn't something I'm that interested in. It's weird, too, as from what I can tell very few American graduate programs are set up to train 'second-career' EE teachers. The assumption seems to be that people who teach EE knew that in undergrad and got their B.Ed. back when they were 22, and anyone who comes to teaching later in life 'obviously' wants to deal with older kids (and/or martyr themselves in poor ghetto schools or dealing with the torment of Special Ed...or both...but don't get me started on that!). Not me. Besides, something like 85 or 90 percent of EE teachers are female, and I think there needs to be a better gender balance there. Kids need to see guys in their classrooms, too.
For sure planning on an ESL/ELL endorsement, though. I would strongly recommend anyone going back to school do it, it's easy to get and it helps your resume stand out in immigrant-heavy communities.