Hi all, would appreciate any insight you have on this... My husband is a teacher and convinced me to go the post-bac route, since a lot of the certification classes would also count for an M.Ed. and if you don't take them at the University they're basically lost credits. My advisors have, quite frankly, sucked and didn't tell me half of what I needed to know to begin applying for jobs. Unfortunately, I only found this forum recently or I might've been a little more aware. (You would think my husband would've been able to advise me, but it's been a while and he doesn't know all of the new NCLB rules.) I took the departmental qualifier and they assured me I could get a job with their probationary certificate. I thought, "Cool." and started applying. After three interviews and about a hundred applications, an HR person in one of the school districts was kind enough to tell me that I needed to take the EC-4 Generalist content exam, which I did, last week. (83 out of 100, btw, translated to a 272, just got the results back today.) Had another interview yesterday and already informed I didn't get the job. Would I be better served by enrolling in a district ACP program, rather than the post-bac program to have a better chance at jobs? How do I qualify myself, since I've passed the content exam and have the probationary cert from the school? I have an MA, so I should be considered "Highly Qualified", right? Should I put that on my cover letters? And do school districts hire those from their ACP programs, first? I saw the posts in regards to LTS versus Aides... and Aides get paid nothing here, I can't even afford to do that as an option, I'd rather go back into the professional world from whence I came. Also, are they considered (either) actual "classroom" experience? I have some out of classroom experience in my cert grade level and classroom experience at the college level, but both, of course, are completely discounted during interviews. I'm not really sure how to resolve that. I know I'm a bit rambling, but a little frustrated and tired. I've basically wasted my entire summer trying to find a job, going on interviews, and probably being passed over for positions because I didn't have all of my paperwork in order, and I didn't even know. Thanks in advance.