ESL vs. Gifted Endorsement

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  1. a7410333

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    Hi,

    I'm a student in an Elementary Education Masters program and I have the opportunity to get additional endorsements before I graduate and student teach. The two that interest me the most are ESL and Gifted education, but I'm having a little bit of trouble deciding which to pursue.
    If you have any experience in either, I'd appreciate your input on the following questions:

    -What's your day like?
    -Which is more marketable to find a job?
    -Which is more stressful?

    I have some experience teaching ESL abroad, but I know it will be very different in America. Thanks for any and all help.
     
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  3. swansong1

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    I would get the ESL. I don't know what state you want to teach in, but the state I live in requires the ESL endorsement. Other states may do so, as well.
    Plus, I think ESL jobs may be more plentiful.
     
  4. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Agreed.
     
  5. bandnerdtx

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    ESL is a required endorsement in our district. It's definitely the way to go.
     
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    I'm in Virginia, thanks for all the responses so far.
     
  7. heatherberm

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    In my job search the last year I've seen TONS of ESL-related jobs. If you're looking for what's marketable, I'd definitely go that route.
     
  8. waterfall

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    I would definitely do the ESL one. We have such a hard time finding ELL (we call it ELL) teachers here that most districts will hire people without even having the endorsement. Both of the ELL teachers at my school, who have been in the position for many years, don't have specific ELL endorsements. One used to be a 1st grade teacher and one used to be a speech pathologist. They both absolutely love the position and say that it's 100x better than their former assignments. This totally depends on your area though and if ELL is needed. I teach in CO, so obviously it's a huge need everywhere in my state.

    On the other hand, actual teachers for gifted students haven't been around for many, many years in my area. I truly don't think any district in our entire metro area still has them. Most places have a gifted director who works with classroom teachers to differentiate for students who are identified as gifted within the classroom, or they might have one "teacher" that consults with the entire district. They don't have anyone that pulls kids out and teaches enrichment lessons or anything like that.
     
  9. gr3teacher

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    If you're interested in teaching in Fairfax County, get the gifted certification. Easy, no questions asked. If you're interested in teaching anywhere else in the state, go for ESL.
     
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    Well darn, that's actually where I want to work! This is hard.
     
  11. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Can you get both?
     
  12. Go Blue!

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    I've worked at 2 different K-8s in my district and I have never met anyone with a "gifted" certification. Never. Most schools here do not have separate gifted programs.

    Now, we also don't have a lot of ELL kids either, but I know that an ESL certification is marketable in many other districts. I would go with that.

    Good luck!
     
  13. gr3teacher

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    Fairfax County has 24 different Advanced Academic Centers, plus (60?) local centers. All those principals try to find teachers with their endorsement, but there aren't enough to go around. My school has 12 G/T teachers, and I'm one of only two that has their endorsement (though in fairness to colleagues, another two are just a matter of paperwork away). Each school also has either a full or a half-time G/T specialist. In addition, a lot of schools, especially up by McLean and Tysons Corner, are trying to get all their classroom teachers to have G/T endorsement. You'll definitely open doors for yourself in Fairfax with the G/T endorsement.

    Of course, you'll open doors with the ESL certification, also, but honestly, the G/T endorsement would get your farther in Fairfax, because the Fairfax County tax base wants their kids in the AAP program (and ultimately, in TJHSST), and don't really give two farts in a high wind about the ESOL kids, because they tend to be clustered on the Route 1 corridor.
     
  14. MelissainGA

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    I have both and would recommend the gifted endorsement because you can use strategies you would learn with the gifted with the ESL also.
     
  15. Go Blue!

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    There ya go.
     
  16. Pashtun

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    This. The gifted endorsment is just good teaching.
     

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