Should I let my credentials expire?

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  1. teresaglass

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    The district that I am employed in hires more interns than credentialed teachers. I have an English Credential and a Special Education credential that are up for renewal by June 2011. I also am applying for a Single Subject Science Credential. I will have to get a teaching job by next year as part of renewing my credentials but I am almost sure no one will hire me. I am thinking of letting my credentials expire and applying as a Special EDucation Intern to get a job in my district. Is this a good idea or a bad idea? I am currently working as a para. I am also wondering if I could get my credential renewed by taking tutoring jobs in addition to working as a para. Advice please.
     
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    I would never ever let credentials expire...what would it take if you let them expire and then wanted to renew them at a later time?
     
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    Why do you think no one will hire you? If you have a sped ed credential and science I would think you would be in demand. Have you gone through BTSA yet? I would not let my credential expire even if I didn't get a job. I think there are other avenues to clear your credential. As for your district only hiring interns, it may seem like it but with a science credential you should be seeing more doors opening up as far as jobs go.
     
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    You worked way too hard for that credential. Don't let it expire!!!
     
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    Keep your credentials... you've paid for them with $ and hard work. Your dream job is just around the corner...
     
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    What does the bold part mean? You can't renew if you don't have a job? Is that true?
     
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    If you're still on your preliminary credential, teresa, and haven't been able to clear it, it might be possible for you to apply for an extension: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/commission/agendas/2008-03/2008-03-5A.pdf gives proposed legislation as of March 2008, but it wouldn't surprise me to find it implemented by now.
     
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    Ohhh so she has the preliminary probably. I misunderstood. I thought she was saying she (and every teacher in her state) had to have a job at the time of renewal.
     
  10. teresaglass

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    I have a clear credential that I am required to renew every five years. I have to have a job to renew it. I am in California.
     
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    I can't understand the reason why a school district prefer to hire an intern than a teacher with credential. It should be opposite.

    I worked three years in a private school in California to substitute for student teaching, and finally got a credential in math and physics last month. You might try some private school. As long as it is accredited by WASC, you can renew your teaching credential.
     
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    Because I'm guessing interns are cheaper.
     
  13. MarshNConsMom

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    Do you have to teach just one year within the 5 that your credentials are good?

    In Kentucky we have to teach 3 of the 5 years or take 2 graduate classes, which I had to do. I was a stay at home mom so I wasn't able to get any years in. I'm a para now but hope to get a job by next year.
     
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    To be honest, I let my certification expire (b/c of burnout). Now that I have a clearer head and a better idea of how to handle the daily ins-and-outs of a teacher's life, it's hard to find a job. Admin seems to think that since I let it expire, I'm not a good teacher (blatantly stated to me). So DON'T LET IT EXPIRE!
     
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    teresaglass: i would never let my credential expire! keep it current! you never know.
     
  16. Catcherman22

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    Where are you applying for your internship?
     
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    Where are you in California? I'm a second year intern, and I get paid on the same salary scale as a teacher with a clear credential.
     
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    Never never never let it expire. Anytime you have a piece of paper that differentiates you from someone else in a good way, that says that you've taken the time to do what you needed to do to better yourself, is a good thing.
     
  19. teresaglass

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    Thank you everyone. I will not let my credentials expire. I have applied to my district for teaching. If I cannot find anything else I will sub and tutor.
     

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