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.
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.
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/age...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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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.