Emotional Support vs Learning Support

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  1. roll

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    I requested LS for my internship placement next semester. I got ES instead and changing is not a real option. I will ask my advisor but wanted to know what people thought - what effect will this have on job opportunities? I'm worried that I won't enjoy ES as much (my field was in LS) and that employers will turn me down for not having the LS experience.

    Also what are my chances of landing an ES job without ABA certification? Thanks!!
     
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    I think that in an ES job, you will need to work with many students who would benefit from the learning supports as well. When you apply for a job, highlight this part of the job as well as the extra skills that you learned through the position.

    You probably won't find an ES job without certification or a plan to get the certification. But its never a bad idea to have more certifications just to get in a school.
     
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    I have been teaching special ed since 1995, and one thing has always been true: There is a very blurry line between ES and LS. Very few kids need one and not the other. I am now primarily an LS teacher, but my years of teaching in SBD classrooms makes me a better LS teacher every day. So many mental health needs in schools today....
     
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    Thank you! I noticed in the LS classroom I observed there were at least a few kids diagnosed with EBD. So it sounds as though this won't hurt me.

    Around here additional cert would take me another year and a lot of $$. I'm hoping to push any more school off for at least a few more years, until I decide what I want to specialize in.
     
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    I'm also in PA and don't think you have to have an additional cert. When I was interviewing this summer I received interviews for both ES and LS positions. I ended up being hired for an LS position and canceled the ES interview.
     
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    I have been an ES teacher for 25 years in Virginia, Georgia and now Pennsylvania and I've never been required to have ABA certification. AND I highly recommend ES - it's an amazing group of kids and I think you'll end up loving it! :)
    Good luck!
    Margot Parsons
     
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    I'm further west than you, but did my student teaching in a behavioral support situation. It was a great experience! I don't teach in that setting anymore, but have great classroom management skills and am very up on special education law. I'm also not afraid of kids that are described as difficult. Even if you don't stay in that setting, it'll help you in other situations. I think this could be a great placement for you.
     
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    Thanks everyone! :) It does sound as though the placement will be challenging but enjoyable. I like a challenge and I am definitely looking to improve in the way I interact with more challenging students. So hopefully next semester will go well!
     
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    Who does require the ABA certification to teach ES/EBD?
     

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