DoDEA teachers work with students of military families around the world. Working as a DoDEA teacher can be very rewarding, both personally and professionally. Read on to learn how online resources can support your professional journey to becoming a DoDEA teacher, and start packing your bags!
What Is the DoDEA?
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) was formed in 1994 as an umbrella agency overseeing two school systems: one overseas and one in the United States. The DoDEA serves 86,000 pre-K through 12th grade children of military members and currently operates 190+ schools located in seven states, Guam, Puerto Rico and 12 foreign countries.
The links to the online resources in these next sections can help you:
- Research the requirements to become a DoDEA teacher
- Meet the requirements for DoDea teachers
- Choose a teacher certification option
Researching the Requirements
There are a few requirements necessary to becoming a teacher for the DoDEA, many of which are similar to those found on state department of education websites. While specific requirements vary for elementary, middle and secondary school DoDEA positions, general application requirements include:
- U.S. citizenship
- Postsecondary education
- Bachelor's degree
- Professional teacher education coursework
- Student teaching experience or internship
- Teacher certification/licensure
- Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) licensure
- Minimum PRAXIS test scores
Meeting the Requirements
There are several paths to becoming a DoDEA teacher. If you don't already have a teacher certification, there are alternative certification and licensure options, though requirements and restrictions vary by state. For example, New York's requirements are different than Florida's certification requirements.
Most educators pursuing an alternative option will need to attend a certification program and pass certification exams. Online resources can help you do both.
Choosing a Certification Option
There are several options for teacher certification programs. One option is to find a program through a college or university. If you already have a bachelor's degree, some post-graduate certificate options can be completed in less than a year. Another option is to complete a master's degree program that includes the required coursework for licensure. Some post-graduate certificate and master's degree programs are available entirely online; those that require student teaching allow students to complete that component in their own hometown areas.
An alternative to attending a college program is to take advantage of one of the online teacher certification options, such as the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence. For these programs, students must have a bachelor's degree; other requirements, such as GPA minimums, vary by state.
Advantages of Online Programs
Online programs have many advantages. For example, most online college programs have asynchronous and self-paced courses, which means that students can log into their classes at any time during the week to review their lessons and complete coursework. This format allows students with work and family obligations to complete their degree programs. Students in these programs still have access to online academic resources, just like on-campus students.
However, students interested in online study, whether through a university or certification program, should make sure that the programs have been approved by their states. Students who complete programs that haven't been approved will most likely not qualify for state certification.
Certification Exams and Study Guides
Certification exams test educators on their general, subject area and education knowledge. There are many online resources available, both through state and online education providers. Some states offer downloadable guides for each part of the exam. To find them, visit your state's website for teacher certification exams.
Additionally, there are PRAXIS and state-specific teacher certification exam study guides available through online education providers. These may be preferable to PDF study guides as they tend to be more engaging, sometimes including video lessons and explanations for incorrect answers on quizzes. Lessons are short and self-paced, so students can study wherever it's most convenient, and whenever they have a few minutes to spare.
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