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I am 43 going back to school to get a degree in education. I see though that I have to decide right away whether or not I want to teach middle school or elementary. If I teach middle school, will I have to have a specialized area that I teach?

Is job satisfaction higher in elementary or middle school? What is a good area that has high retention rates. It would be nice to teach German but that would be a high school class. I wonder what you all I too old to be a teacher just starting out at 47-48 years of age?

Is it really difficult to get a job? I have put in an application to substitute teach, will that hinder my chances of full time teaching? I read that somewhere on this site and it surprised me!!!

thanks for your advice! Loriann

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