Hi guys, Tomorrow is my last day of student teaching and I will be graduating with a MS degree in Elementary Ed in May. I will be certified K-6 and for middle school math 6-8. I noticed that several states require a diffrent praxis test to teach middle school math. In fact it seems out west they like to require the HS test for middle school which makes zero sense to me. My question is being certified by using the "easy" test will that put me at a disadvantage? Does the math teacher shortage apply to middle school or are they refering to HS only? Currently I am in NJ but I am very open to getting out of the state. So far I have applied to jobs in state and in CO. I have been looking in the Carolinas as well but they require additional testing which is kind of discouraging. Should I list my NJ MS math certification or would they just not care since it wouldn't be honored in states with diffrent requirements? The entire job search is kind of frustrating since it seems like just about every state requires something diffrent or uses a diffrent testing company, etc. I would love to teach middle school in CO but I will only be certified for elementary due to their testing requirements. Are there any specific areas of the country that I should look into? I know about Arizona but I am not crazy about the high crime rates. I am willing to go where the jobs are but I also do not want to live in a high risk area either. Any guidance would be appreciated.