I thought there was a teacher shortage?

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  1. Chris Render

    Chris Render Rookie

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    I have been to 4 interviews since getting my teaching license and finishing student teaching. Granted not all of these were my exact subject matter but most just required some sort of a teaching license.

    Any advice for a new teacher looking for his first teaching job?
     
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    Apply to your exact subject matter, and don't believe it when people tell you "any sort of a teaching license" will do. This is especially true since secondary schools teach by contents. I can teach any life sciences, but not physics. The state doesn't allow it. I would suggest researching the contents and requirements for your subject matter certificates, and then consider those when considering applications for employment. Another example would be if I wanted to teach elementary ed. when I have a Biology certificate. I would need to meet the requirements and pass the teacher exams before I could be hired as an elementary teacher. States generally lay out the requirements pretty well. If your transcript is approved to teach other contents, then you simply have to pass those other content teacher exams. Hope that helps.
     
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    It’s a myth. Only jobs that have shortages are in places no one wants to teach with specific certs that are rare.
     
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    ms.irene Connoisseur

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    What are you certified in? Some areas actually have a glut of certain certs. History, in particular, tends to be over-represented.
     
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    Just keep plugging away. Not to be discouraging but, at least in my neck of the woods, 4 interviews is not a lot. It might take some time, even in a shortage time if your particular interest is not in a shortage area.
     
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    Yup. Social Studies and English are gonna be really difficult to find jobs in. Math and Science should be considerably easier though it still depends where you are.
     
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    My advice would be to be a life long learner. Be open minded. Recognize that to be marketable, you need to be current, so if you graduated a month ago or 10 years ago, you need to continue to learn to be able to fully answer questions.

    Accept that you will get turned down but you only need one yes.

    Be clear on what is non-negotiable for you and what you are willing to bend on. (For example, don't apply to a job in a school that you don't actually want to work at).

    View each application and each interview as a learning opportunity.

    Focus on what is in your control. A lot of candidates complain that they think someone else had 'connections' or whatever. That won't help you.

    Apply. Interview. Grow. Repeat.

    If you are a strong candidate and use this formula, you will get a job eventually, even in a tough market.
     
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    Well, if you're qualified to teach high school English and have a desire to live in (very) rural eastern NC, let me know!
     
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    A teacher shortage, or the anticipation of a teacher shortage, is something that college's have been saying for a long time.

    If you are willing to move, South Carolina is planning on a teacher shortage this year. We have had a program called TERI in the state which allowed retired to teachers to continue working. They are ending that program, so there are several teachers that will be officially retired at the end of the year. I know my district is anticipating a big competition for qualified teachers.
     
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    My wife and kids will not move. I live in Indiana. I recently left the private sector and it seemed like every paper I picked up was saying there was a shortage in our state due to new teachers not being able to pass the tests. I took the tests and passed them quickly and went to a transition to teaching program. Just finished the student teaching and having a hard time finding a full time teaching position. I am currently subbing but you starve on sub pay and you have no benefits.
     
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    Some of the certs that you have can be "upgraded" if your transcripts are officially evaluated by the Indiana DOE. Through hours of experience and/or testing, you may be able to morph your certs to be more relevant to maths and engineering, which are, in fact, more in demand virtually everywhere. I came into teaching via AR, and I am a huge proponent of having your transcript(s) officially evaluated so that you know exactly where your strengths and weaknesses are. Couple that with the number of work/experience hours that you can truly document, and you can transform a cert that may be less marketable into truly useful and desirable content, making you much more attractive as a teaching candidate. With enough effort in following changes towards maths and sciences, you may be able to find a way to earn certs that would allow you to teach these subjects in middle school, and if your transcript supports it, you may be able to test into an elementary education cert, or even upper elem. ed. contents of science and/or math. If you can move into engineering, you may be able to teach robotics, and that is desirable in many high schools.

    In these situations, your certs are "something more", and you will have that proof in the form of brand new, shiny, useful, desirable certificates. It doesn't happen without some effort either through transcript evals, or more teacher cert testing, but it is highly preferable to wondering "why don't they want to hire me?' Just my thoughts on the subject. Best of luck.
     

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