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!