Does anyone feel like BTSA is an ax hanging over your head? I've had my preliminary credential for 2.5 years now. I feel like the fact that my timing was so bad that I got it in the worst job market of all time for teachers is being held against me by the state. Basically this year is shot, because I've only found four jobs to apply for and not even had an interview. Even widening my area to all of OC, LA, San Diego and Riverside counties has been fruitless. By my calculation, I have one more year after this one to find a job or I'm sunk. Yes, you can get an extension, but how is that going to look? Subbing for four years or more with no job offer? I got a 4.0 in my teacher prep program. And I'm a d+*n good teacher and as a sub I put in all of my soul each day! It drives me crazy to see other subs phoning it in and making the rest of us look bad! I've also looked outside of CA, but some states won't accept a preliminary credential and want x number of years of full-time teaching experience which I obviously can't get. I've always been a person who felt like I was in control of my life and my future. This whole thing is so overwhelming and makes me feel so defeated that I want to curl into a ball and cry. If I'd done this 5 years before I did it, I probably would have been fine. Since I had to work another field to afford to go back to school, the timing was horrible and I can't get around that. Sorry for the rant. I just feel stressed and depressed over this right now. The time limit is the worst part because I can't just "wait out" the market like people say to do because of the time limit on BTSA.