In your opinion, do you think doing alternative certification can be a downfall for those trying to get hired who went through this way? I went through alternative certification in the fall of 2007 and passed the content exam of social studies 4-8. However, since I did not get hired last year, I then took the generalist 4-8 content exam and passed it last month. I have also been subbing at two school districts for the past year, from elementary to middle school to high school, to get exposure and experience. I even know two principals I have worked for in the past that I just subbed for, if that might help me.