Alright, so I am graduating from college [tomorrow actually] so I'm assuming people already see the problem here. I'm actually graduating early by about 18 credit hours (I took extra hours each semester because...well I don't know why, but it's done). My conundrum is that I won't have my certification completed until Mid September and I can't teach without it. I've emailed a few principals with openings and have networked and my references have even emailed people about me, but I don't have my certification (!! blah). I'm not sure if I'm being ignored because of this [as there are openings around here that have extended into the school year] or not. I guess I'm curious is anyone knows if they would ignore me because my certification is still pending or not? I couldn't get around graduating this Summer and I was told it would probably be an issue eventually. I am hopeful that someone somewhere around here wants to retire in November or December or something happens. It's a Chemistry Certification in Georgia by the way. I'm being choosy about where I want to go because I've heard horror stories about teaching in many of the districts around here not to mention I can [somewhat] afford to be choosy. When I emailed the principals I asked them if some kind of exception could be made--could I send a letter home to parents telling them that I'm not [yet] highly qualified, but I will be (technically) Mid-September when certification processing goes through. I never heard anything back from any of them. I have a portfolio with resume, reference letters, student work, etc. etc. and I'm quite ready and excited to teach, but I think I'll have to skip this school year unless there is an unexpected opening in Chemistry. I can do Physics also, but I honestly don't want my first year to be Physics because I feel like I might be run-down by it as Chemistry is my first love. I plan on getting "Broad-field certified" so I can teach several other subjects, but I really want Chemistry at least for my first year.