alternate route

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    any advice for someone looking to get into teaching through a non traditional route? I will be taking some classes but basically trying to get an elementary job teaching in NJ without having to do student teaching? Anyone out there alternate route? thanks.
     
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    Honestly, it seems like alternate route is getting phased out in NJ. I don't know of any alternate route candidates that have been hired for elementary education positions recently.

    I don't want to discourage you, but there are so many candidates that already have a certification....if not a Masters in Teaching so districts will almost always call them first.
     
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    All of the alternate route people I know, including Teach for America people, only work in charter schools. I have never seen an alternate route grad teaching elementary in a public school.
     
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    I went through an alternative certification through Los Angeles Unified in the mid 90's. After my 2 year program I switched to another SO. CA district. I am niw working on getting a job in CO. Most likely I will be going to a Charter school as that is where my children go to school.
     
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    It might be different in a big city, or a hard to find field, but elementary teachers are pretty easy to come by. I'm not saying that alternative certification people can't find jobs, but around here the only way to get out of student teaching is to have your own class. It just doesn't happen around here in elementary unless you go to a charter school.
     
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    What about the Florida area for alternative certification? I know the state has authorized alternative certification programs at all of the community colleges and most of the 4 year universities. I am concerned about job opportunities because of the state of the economy and vast budget cuts.
     
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    I am altenatively certified and I believe it is harder to get a job that way. You should have an "in" like know someone or through subbing. I was denied an invite to a job fair b/c I was alternatively certified in elementary ed and they were only letting alt ed. people come if they were secondary science or math, or special ed.

    I think if your alternative ed program offers student teaching you should take it, if you don't have an "in" any other way. Mine did not offer it.

    How how easily you get a job depends on where you are and how those districts view alternative education as well as your area of certification. The district where I live, which also is the one where I most wanted to work, rarely hires alternatively certified teachers and there are a ton of "regular" applicants.

    I was a lucky one because I just got hired for the coming year but I busted my butt to prove myself and subbed for 4 years.

    One thing you could do is go to the websites of the districts in which you would like to work and see what they say about potential applicants who are alternatively certified.

    I hope this helps a little.

    Lemon

    PS Maddiemommy- that is the same setup Texas has
     
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    An alternate route candidate in NJ needs to pass a Praxis test and then apply for a certificate of eligibility in their area. Once you have that CE, you can apply for teaching jobs. If you are lucky enough to find a district who will hire you as an alternate route candidate, you will work as a teacher full-time (getting paid) and take teaching classes 1 night a week for a year. There's no student teaching experience because you are just working in your own classroom (besides having a mentor teacher, but he or she isn't in the classroom with you).
     
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    Agree!! Especially in Northern NJ...There are so many highly qualified regular certification teacher candidates out there... provisional, alternate route is just not competitive...We have none of these in my district...
     
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    I just finished my research paper on this subject. Teach for America and Academy for Urban School Leadership are two programs. In addition, if you check carefully, many traditional universities are now offering alternative certification for students who already have degrees.

    The thing that I found about alternative programs is that they offer full or portion of teacher's salary, a stipened, and/or tuition assistance. They also have a commitment requirement to teach in the placement schools. They recruit new teachers for urban, high -risk schools.

    In summary, this is a good way for urban schools to get much needed teachers, because many stay for the program and enjoy the benefits of mentoring and support. And, most of us were broke and miserable during student teaching, and had NO help at all.

    Honestly, I went thru it twice! If I had my way, I would rather get some money and support than just regular old student teaching and zero funds! And guranteed placement makes that mad rush for a new job by the fall a little less intimidating.
     
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    I am an alternate route teacher. I had to take 3 Praxis II tests for the state I am now working in-and get a Masters. I was not aware that you could teach elementary with an alternate route, unless it was Intervention Specialist. All of my research is just in secondary schools. It is alot of hoops to go through, I have a temp prov. certificate for 3 years, I am now completing my first year. Once I complete this Masters, next summer, and do the state's version of Praxis III (not all states have to follow the Praxis route, just as long as they have an equv.) in my third year, I will receive my perm. certification. Which isn't too bad seeing I can get tenure at the start of my fifth year.

    With this Masters I'm getting (and its my second one) I have to take two classes that are practicums which is like student teaching/methods, just I'm in my own classroom and my prof comes in about twice a semester and observes me. I finish up with that next Fall.

    Its a hard road to haul, luckily for me I am in a district that has a few of 'us' and is very accommodating to the rigors of receiving an alt. route certificate.

    Good Luck-I know for me, its worth it in the end.
     

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