Hello wonderful SIers
I am at a cross-roads. My kids are getting older, and while we homeschool now, I don't plan on doing that for their entire school career. Possibly just through elementary.
So, I have been a SAHM for about 9 years, and before that I was in grad school. I have a Masters degree in a subject that has lost a lot of jobs due to the economy. Plus, I do not live in an area with a lot of jobs in my field.
I think it would be a good idea to have a teaching license, so that I have a marketable skill... I have worked in education before (not public schools). I would enjoy the teaching aspect, but I would not really want to be a teacher due to a lot of stuff that goes with the profession (parents yelling at you to change their kid's grade, working 60 hours a week, etc...) It seems like a TOUGH job.
However, it also seems like a job that is needed- if something happens to WH (death, divorce, lost job) I can find a teaching job. They are much more prevalent than a job in academia (if I got a PhD in my field) or just the practical application of my Masters (there are ZERO jobs in my area for what I am qualified to do)
Problem--- What I REALLY REALLY want to do. I want to go back for a Ph.D. Its not rational, it will cost money, but damnit, its a life goal that I haven't completed. I was in school when I had my first child, and graduated and ended up staying home. I had every intention to continue on to the PhD before that.
I have also sort of changed interests. With my divorce, I found a lot of judges and lawyers are ignorant of domestic violence, mental health problems, and other family issues. My dream is to get a PhD in an applicable field (Public Admin? Adult Ed? Social Work?) and work for a Continuing Legal Education program and revamp legal education, so judges and lawyers are more educated about certain issues.
How do I do this? I dont even know where to start? I would like to get a teaching license to both have teachers who can recommend me to a PhD program, and also so I can have a sensible, usable degree incase nothing comes of my PhD dream job... (that I might just be making up in my head anyway!!)
Anyone in a field like this? Any advice? I know grad school is not going to make me any money and will leave me drowning in debt, BUT, I love school. I need to go back & fulfill this goal.