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  1. IloveSF

    IloveSF Rookie

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    So there's a job posting that says the following: "teaching license with either 5-12 Language Arts or 5-8 Middle School Language Arts endorsement required."

    I have a K-8 LA endorsement, so the state clearly says I can teach 8th grade (which is what this job is).

    Would it be a good or bad idea to email HR and inquire about whether or not I would even be considered since I don't have the 5-12 even though I am clearly qualified?
     
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  3. vickilyn

    vickilyn Multitudinous

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    Email for clarification, but you are almost certainly good to go. It's a respect thing, and not portraying yourself as "above the law", if you know what I mean.
     
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    It's not a bad idea, but I'm sure you're fine. When I was looking for jobs years ago, I was licensed K-12 and jobs always posted to possess secondary certification (6-12 - which was another license # technically). I had no issues.
     
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  5. IloveSF

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    I see a lot of postings like this, and I have no idea what districts are thinking. I'm 3 classes from a 5-12 LA endorsement, and those classes have exactly zero to do with teaching middle/high schoolers. They're sophomore-level courses in Brit and Am Lit and Shakespeare. They won't teach me anything that would make me more qualified for a job. But I somehow need them? Makes no sense.
     
  6. IloveSF

    IloveSF Rookie

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    I doubt I pass the Teach Insight survey anyway...

    Never have had an interview with a district that make you take those things, so I assume I fail them.
     
  7. CharRMS

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    They may seem like they won't help, but they will in the long run. High school classes read many of the same stories that you will probably read in those three classes: middle school too, but more with high school. There is a poem I use with my 7th graders that I studied in my Brit Lit classes (I had Brit Lit 1 and 2). These classes are great for deeper insight into these works of literature and the authors and time periods. They're also great for resources and background knowledge! Also, a lot of the stories, authors, and time periods I read in those classes were on the Praxis exam that I had to take for my certification. In one interview, I was asked questions about my knowledge of certain works of literature and how I would use them in the classroom.

    Good luck with the courses and the job search! :)
     
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  8. mckbearcat48

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    We're all pulling for you...this community is pretty close.
     
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    kaitydid Rookie

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    If you have any desire to teach high school English, you are going to need those three classes, even if you think you don't. My literature classes provided so much context to the very works I ended up using during my student teaching (Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Stephen Crane, F. Scott Fitzgerald), and my classes helped me understand the literature on a deeper level. That level of understanding helped me prepare my lessons, and I had students tell me they learned so much from me because I had to ability to explain the authors, the time period, the development of literature of that time period, etc. Plus, as ChaRMS stated, much of the literature you learn in those classes appear on the Praxis, and high schoolers often read American and British literature, especially in the 11th and 12th grades. You don't realize it now, but you'll be a much stronger English teacher by taking those three classes you listed.
     
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