Feeling a bit lost...(Options in TX & GA)

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  1. MyMulligan

    MyMulligan Rookie

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    I'll try to keep this as short as possible....but please read on! I welcome all of the expertise of people who are already "out there." I'm a career changer; decided last year to get my MAED so that I could teach Communication, Arts & Lit 5-12 in Minnesota. By June, I will have completed all of the education courses with the exception of Action Research. However, I was not scheduled to student teach until Spring 2009 due to the many undergrad prereqs I needed (I also work full-time in a non-education field...my old career).

    However, due to a number of family and job issues, we need to move either to TX (Houston (preferably) or Dallas/Austin) or GA (Atlanta) in the next six months. Both states offer alternative certification routes; obviously, both states also offer traditional post-bac options like the one I'm in now. However, those Master's programs will only allow me to transfer 6-12 of the 24education credits I have accumulated over the last year.

    For one thing, I just don't see much incentive for me at this point to pay another school to take many of the courses I just took over again, but still not be in the classroom until Fall 2009 (a semester later) when I could do alt cert and be teaching in the Fall. I realize that I'll have to pay either way, but at least I'll be teaching. Then, I could go back to school after I had my regular cert to get a more specialized Master's (like reading specialist).

    So many districts in GA and TX advertise their alt cert programs. Are they legit? Are they really hiring alt cert teachers? What are the secrets to getting noticed going that route?

    Please :help:! I'm feeling very overwhelmed by all of the options....Thanks!
     
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  3. cheeryteacher

    cheeryteacher Enthusiast

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    Does you school offer the classes you still need through distance or on line classes? Can you see if you can transfer credits that you will take at a new university back to the university you currently attend? Lastly, see if you can student teach in GA or TX, but still be a student at your current school. It's all a long shot, but since your so close maybe they will be willing to work with you.
     
  4. MyMulligan

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    Hmmm...Thanks! I hadn't considered the option of transferring credits back to my current school. However, MN does not have reciprocity with any other state...so, it seems like the student teaching will still be the hang up. I've been very impressed with the courses, but they're not exacly "outside the box" thinkers when it comes to the course plans.

    I feel like it's best to pursue both options (or all three), Master's there, alt cert and Master's here, but at this point, I'm most excited about the potential of alt cert. Is that potential largely unanswered in these states, though?
     
  5. Tasha

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    There are many alternative certification routes to take in the Houston area and you can get a job with alt. cert. However, I do think that the odds are that you will have to take a job wherever you find one rather than having your pick. I am also going to send you a PM with some other ideas.
     
  6. Proud2BATeacher

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    My old co-worker (she is now teaching my mild autism class in Georgia) went the alternative certification route. She got her masters in pysch. and then decided that she wanted to teach. She got her alt. certif. at Georgia State. I am not sure how many classes (if any) she had to take before she got her first teaching position, but I know she taught for 1 year before she completed her alternative certification. I don't think that she got teacher pay until she got her certification.
     
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    It's my understanding that not only do you teach a year before you get your alt. cert. in Texas but you also get paid as a first year teacher. You do have to pay $3000-5000 in program costs.
     
  8. MyMulligan

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    That's my understanding, as well. The alt cert fees are payroll deducted, but you do earn first year non-renewable cert payroll.
     
  9. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    My sister took the alternative certification route. She went through Texas A&M Commerce's program which then you can continue (for a short time) for your Masters. I know the DFW area is always hiring for teachers. Plus the pay is good. Good luck!
     
  10. jwilso22

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    I've been researching GA too and it seems like the best option for you would be the 5 year non-renewable certificate(test-based option), in which you have 5 years to get your certification. For most univeristies when you're the teacher of record that counts as your student teaching.
     
  11. scienceteach82

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    Yes...GA hires people with alt. certification. Depending on your subject field...you could be snatched up quickly.
     

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