I'm not sure if this issue is restricted to Texas or if it's nationwide, but I am certified to teach Earth Science (8th grade) and have had no luck in 4+ years in getting even an interview. Finally getting a bit tired of hearing the canned responses from well-meaning HR people, I got through to the science department heads at two districts and both of them bluntly said they will not hire a science teacher without a composite science certification. Both said this gave them flexibility when planning their schedule but personally (I didn't mention this of course) I thought it was a way for a school to save money i.e. four teachers rolled up into one. That's bad......for me that is. For those that don't know, a composite science certification is where one is certified to basically teach ALL sciences at the secondary level. Unfortunately, I am not really a big fan of biology (though I love animals - just not their insides ), physics is vaguely O.K. and chemistry does not interest me in the slightest. But the biggest stumbling block is that I really cannot afford another student loan & cannot possibly pay tuition (much less room/board) out of my own pocket for another two(?) years of courses to become proficient in those areas. I have always told myself I would only teach something I truly liked but am having to entertain the un-fun thought of trying to study for the supposedly brutal comp sci exam for this new-ish certification and if hired, then very possibly be shuffled around to various classrooms to teach subjects I do not like. Anyone here have any experience with this situation?