I thought I'd written about this, but couldn't find any posts to that effect.
I've been thinking about what to do with the rest of my life since my baby will be starting school in the fall. When I quit teaching in 1997, I swore I wouldn't return, but the fact of the matter is that teaching is a decent job for a mom (not PERFECT, but better than a lot!), and with all my tutoring, I'm actually finding the idea kind of nice! It doesn't hurt that every time I talk to a counselor at the High School, they ask me to come back!
Since I've been out of things so long, my license has expired. I can simply pay to get a substitute license (which I probably will do when M. starts school fulltime, as subbing is more flexible, and easier in many ways, and it'll allow me to decide if I really want to teach fulltime or not!), or I can take 6 credits and then renew my current license. My license allows me to teach any Science class in grades 7-12. I personally wouldn't feel comfortable teaching Physics, and (at this point) no really high level/AP classes in Bio or Chem either. But there's a lot of basic Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry classes offered.
However, since I've been tutoring, I've found that I really enjoy tutoring Math a lot more than the Science classes. Besides that, Math classes don't require the setting-up and tearing-down of labs! So I started thinking about maybe returning as a Math teacher (since I have to take 6 credits before my license is renewed anyway). In addition, what better time to take some classes than when M. will be in school parttime? I wouldn't be able to get a job for that short of a period of time, and there are a few Universities that are 15 minutes away...
So I sent for a transcript evaluation at UW-Milwaukee (closest, and cheapest for an undergrad degree--which this would be. No one would hire me right off the bat with a graduate degree and no experience teaching Math!)
My transcript evaluation came today and I'm quite disappointed.
I *did* get credit for my computer and Physics classes, as well as many of my Education courses. But things I'd still need to do/take are:
12 credits of Calculus (3 semesters)
Math 341--Intro to Lang. & Practice (3 cr.)
Math 431 or 531--Modern Algebra (3 cr.)
Math 451 or 453--Axiomatic or Transf. Geo. (3 cr.)
3 credits of Statistics
6 credits of C&I Teaching Strategies
2 credits of student teaching
Yikes... 32 credits. Let's see, at current rates (and it would go up since I wouldn't be able to start till next summer at the EARLIEST), that's over $10,000.