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In’s and Out’s of Travel Contracts

Let’s play the “Travel Game” to re-energize your Special Education teaching role.

By Kerry Knapp, National School Recruiter

Whether you are gearing up for your first job out of school or interested in the experience of traveling to a new city or state, Epic Special Education Staffing can help guide you through travel contracts by providing valuable resources to help you be prepared. Being the educator that you are, you may have played this game with your students, but now it’s your turn!  

Follow the rules and you’ll be well on your way to understanding how travel contracts can work for you, opening a whole world of new opportunities!

Rule #1: Connect with the Right People

Travel contracts can often be tricky, so it’s important to have the right people helping you navigate the ins and outs. If you want to make the most out of your career, it’s best to align yourself with a reputable special education staffing firm that will listen to your interests, evaluate your skills, make recommendations for opportunities, and provide incredible benefits. 

With so many career options out there, it’s important that you align with a staffing firm that will meet your unique needs. After all, a paycheck is only one facet of a job. At Epic Special Education Staffing, we believe that the right support and communication can turn a regular job into an amazing experience.

Rule #2: Figure Out the Logistics

Once you’ve got the right people in your corner, it’s time to figure out the logistics of your next contract. Ask yourself where you want to go. Do you want to work near family or are you interested in trying out a completely new city? Would you prefer to live in warmer or cooler climates?

Aside from your personal preferences, it’s also best to check out the cost of living, salary, and housing options when considering your next location. You should also think about how your next job can affect your lifestyle. For example, if you’ve always lived in big cities, moving to a more rural area might take some adjusting.

If cost is a big factor, you might want to consider taking on jobs where you can move in with a friend or family member. There’s also the option to travel with a colleague with whom you can split living expenses.

Wherever you choose to go, make sure you feel welcome and comfortable. Remember, home can be anywhere as long as your heart’s in it.

Rule #3: Get the Paperwork Done

This next assignment might be a bit daunting, but Epic Special Education Staffing is here to help. There are two things you need to do. First, you’ll need to investigate the requirements you’ll need by contacting the Department of Education and professional organizations in your field. After all, not all states are the same.

Next, make sure you apply for all certifications and licenses well in advance. A good rule of thumb is to plan for 8 to 12 weeks minimum for processing; however, some states can take even longer. Once you’ve got all the pertinent licenses, Epic will handle the legwork of finding the job for you. 

Rule #4: Maximize Your Income Potential with Travel Stipends

Travel stipends are an excellent way to maximize your income potential and help pay off student debt. To make the most out of your income, it’s best to research the guidelines for your travel contracts.

The IRS affords travel therapists and teachers the opportunity to benefit from non-taxable income if they have a tax home that is of significant distance from their place of work. Many other professions have been doing this for years and we at Epic Special Education Staffing are proud to be able to offer this option to our therapists and now teachers! 

Final Thoughts

Teaching in a new state allows educators to bring new experiences to a school district and, in return, learn new things, enriching education for everyone! But before you start this new journey, make sure you know the rules of the game. When you partner with a reliable staffing firm, figure out the logistics, get the paperwork done, and maximize your income potential, you’ll be on your way to the head of the class. 

Explore amazing work-travel opportunities with Epic Special Education Staffing. Our experienced recruiters will partner with you to ensure you are “in the game” so you can feel confident and prepared for this very important step in your career. 

Special Education Teachers that accept a contract beginning January 1, 2024 will receive a $2,000 sign-on bonus for a limited time! Connect with a recruiter right away to hear about the fantastic teaching roles available every day. You’ll also enjoy industry-leading benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision benefits, 401k with up to 4% match, CEU/certification/license reimbursements, and more. We invite you to be a part of this journey with us, connect with us today!

About the Author

Kerry Knapp

Kerry Knapp is a National School Recruiter for Epic Special Education Staffing with over 20 years of experience working in education and recruiting. Kerry’s approach is highly consultative, focusing on a deep understanding of professional and personal goals to target the best placement options. She encourages her therapists and teachers to “dream big” and realize that anything is possible when looking for a new state, city, or school. 

In her spare time, Kerry “dreams big” herself by spending time planning travel with her husband and two daughters and is a lover of anything French. Her attitude can be summed up in the words of Walt Disney: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”