Congratulations on your first job! The first five years of your teaching career are crucial in terms of professional development, adapting to new challenges, and utilizing support systems. Take these steps to assess your first job and to see what your next steps could be:
- Complete our first destination survey for a chance to win one of ten $20 gift cards.
- Maintain your LinkedIn account and participate in group discussions.
- Keep your Alumni Directory information up to date.
- Always keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities to take on new roles and responsibilities in your workplace.
- Become a go-to resource for topics such as technology, professional development, curriculum, testing, etc.
We'd Love to Talk
The IU School of Education is one of the few schools around that continues to serve alumni throughout their careers, so we encourage you to connect with us at any time. Let’s discuss your future or talk about ways to help current IU students navigate their careers.
- Review our services for alumni.
- Schedule an appointment, in person or over the phone or Skype.
- Keep your Handshake account active and your profile up to date.
- Complete your two-year post graduate survey for a chance to win one of ten $20 gift cards.
- Encourage your principal or school district to participate in Interview Day , or come yourself.
- Visit the School of Ed to host a workshop or speak in a class.
- See our employer page for more ways to connect with us and our students.
- Learn more about how you can help our students with your time, advocacy, and financial support.
The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is a great option for teachers who are looking to reduce their debt by teaching in special programs or certain areas approved by the government. This website contains resources that will help you decide what option is best for your unique financial situation. On this page you will find instructions, requirements, and in-depth explanations on how to go about forgiveness or cancelation of your student loans.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is another option that is available to teachers. Be sure to read the Q&As to learn more about utilizing this option in conjunction with the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program above.
Thinking About Graduate School?
Earning a graduate degree can open up doors you’ve never considered before. Whether you want to advance your career in education or pursue career opportunities outside the classroom, the School of Education has a program for you. Don't wait for things to come your way - make it happen. Many fields require candidates to have advanced degrees in order to qualify for certain positions. Advancement into senior-level positions is simply not possible unless you have an advanced degree.
Choose from over 90 graduate degree programs, including master's specialist, and doctoral programs. Learn more about our broad portfolio of graduate programs and admission requirements . Our programs are delivered in several formats: online, hybrid, and residential.
As you consider different programs to determine which one is right for you, we suggest you do the following:
- Talk to students already enrolled in the graduate programs you're interested in. Talk to professionals who have completed their graduate degrees. Do you want to pursue a similar career path?
- Think about funding as soon as you decide graduate studies are right for you. Some scholarships, fellowships, or graduate assistantships are available. You may also inquire about student loans, funding for veterans, student employment, grant funding and other sources of financial support through the University Graduate School or the Student Central on Union.
- Contact the program to learn more about the coursework and the field. Make sure these align with your interests, skills, and goals.