Getting my specialist degree

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  1. mrsammieb

    mrsammieb Devotee

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    I've decided to go back and get my specialist degree. I have always wanted to be a media specialist so I am going to specialize in that. Do you think it would be okay to possibly apply for positions in that field before I've finished my classes? I am starting this summer and think I will stay in first next year. But then maybe begin looking for new jobs the next year.
     
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    I think it would be fine. Many places will be able to put you on a special plan that allows you to work in the position while finishing your credentials. I would double check with your state licensing department just to be safe.
     
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    I'm just about to finish library media specialist certification! Wooooo! I ended up staying in special ed while doing my coursework, but both districts I've worked in during that time period would hire you as long as you can show you're working toward your certification. I did look at applying to a couple of LMS positions and both of those districts said the same.
     
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    Yes, especially if it's a high needs / shortage field. I've applied to Spanish positions and told them "I'm still taking the classes and will need to do practicum to finish up my reading specialist program,'' both of which I'll be done in December so I won't be licensed. They said it's absolutely not a problem and one Principal even remarked how "desperate '' they were to fill it. You'll find a lot of these districts will bend over backwards especially if they're desperate and you're the only person they've got. It's a good position to be in.
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    I wish I would have looked into this. I've toyed with the idea of working in a library, but the LMS is required for every job. Only part time page positions are the exception, and they mainly take the high school kids for those jobs. I love research, helping others, and being in the community vs. working downtown. Also if I worked in the library, I could build credits towards the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, which is the same as pension for TAs.

    I dunno, might still be on my list when I'm ready to get out the classroom.
     
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    It depends on the district. Some require you to have the certification free and clear before teaching in a particular area or grade level.

    I was hired before I completed my coursework, but I was scheduled to be done before the next school year when I intended to begin in the new position. I had to get a couple of letters from the program directors saying that I would meet the requirements in time, but it wasn’t too much of a hassle.

    Becoming a teacher-librarian is the best professional decision I’ve ever made. I’m so happy to do what I do. The change, which included a change in school sites, rejuvenated and re-energized me. It’s the best job in education, if you ask me.
     
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