Certification in Florida

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  1. joyoakes

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    Good Evening. I am having a hard time to get an answer about certification. I have a BS in Business Management and I WANT to teach so badly. I just took the SAE in MAth 6 to 12 and I did not pass. I will retake the test in July but I think it will be too late to get a position for this year. Anyone can help me with the anxiety that I am having.

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    Joy Oakes
     
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    Hi Joy. I don't really have any answers about certification but wanted to say hi because I teach in West Palm Beach (private school) and also have an undergraduate degree in business. I love teaching, though, and glad to have headed in this direction.
     
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    So how did you get your teaching certification. I want to teach Math 6 to 12. I already have a school that wants me to teach for them but I just failed the SAE in math 6 to 12 and I just feel awful. I am not a calculus, trig person. I love algebra and geometry. So now I am still wiating to see if they will give me a temp cert. Should know by end of week. I am so fustrated. Thanks for your reply.

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    OK Joy here are my suggestions. (Did this for a living little over a year ago so my info should be mostly up to date.)

    Go see a county specialist with your transcript in hand. You MAY be eligible for business education or possibly something else you dont realize. Once you have a certification in something the counties CAN hire you for whatever they want ( They don't do that often and there are stipulations attached.) Most often I saw that happen with special education but other needed areas might do that as well.
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    Take the middleschool 5-9 exam in math. Less of the hard math on that. This still allows you to teach 9th grade math at the high school level. You can take the 6-12 at a later date if you want.
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    Also consider taking the middle grades integrated curriculum exam on the computer. Every county has one place that does the computer exams. They cost more but can be taken at times other than the specified paper times. This test is English, Social Studies, Math, Science for middle school.
    http://www.cefe.usf.edu/ComputerBased/MainCompBased.aspx


    Hope that helps.

    Ris
     
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    I googled "Florida alternative teacher certification" and got lots of articles. Maybe some of them will be useful to you. I know when I graduated (96) we had several alternative certs in our class. They had degrees in non-educational areas. They had to take some of the classes as us, but not all of them. I think it is more streamlined now, but I honestly don't know. Don't give up, though. If nothing else, contact the teacher ed department at the nearest college, they should be able to answer your questions.
    Good luck!!
     
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    Not all private schools in florida require a teaching certificate. Catholic schools do but most others don't. Check out the private schools as well.
     

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