If you currently hold a demanding job but dream of switching to teaching, you may feel overwhelmed with the prospect of suspending your career and going back to school. For many people, this is financially impossible as well. However, there are approaches to the study of teaching that allow a candidate to continue working. Part-time programs, often designed by and offered through the state department of education, are options. Many colleges and universities also offer online courses that allow a more flexible schedule.

Step 1

Check with your state department of education to see whether part-time alternative routes to certification are offered. Many states offer these kinds of certification programs to professionals looking to change careers. The programs are often run by the state and are designed to be intense but still allow normal employment.

Step 2

Sign up for part-time courses and review the hourly requirements per credit. Ask previous graduates of the program how it operates. Create a workable schedule with your employer that will allow you sufficient study time.

Step 3

Write up an initial study schedule before beginning the program. Set times specifically for study and times for rest as well. Running yourself ragged will diminish your performance at work and school.

Step 4

Research online programs if your state does not offer a part-time certification program. Select a program that is accredited and has a good reputation; this will prove very important when you apply for certification. Ask your state department of education to direct you to accredited online programs.

Step 5

Create a study space in your home. Clean the area thoroughly and make sure it is clear of any other material. Making a space that is free of distractions will assist you in the difficult task of studying a challenging subject part time.