Help! What to add to my license?

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  1. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I teach high school. I have the most random collection of areas of licensure imaginable: Latin, Driver Ed, Computer Literacy, Computer Applications, TESL.

    I am starting to feel like it might be time for a change, or at least that a change might be coming within the next five years. I'm not sure exactly what form that change will take, but it could be any number of things, including me moving out of the classroom (into a specialist, counselor, or admin position), me moving to a new school, or me moving to a new district/state.

    Because my license is so strangely limited, I know that I will likely need to add something in order to make myself more marketable and eligible to move into something different. The thing is that I really don't know what subject/area I should do.

    My problem is that what I really want (library) seems to be getting cut left and right all over the map. I hate to invest time and energy into a LIS masters degree just to never be able to use it, you know?

    I enjoy English, but I do not want to deal with all the testing and scrutiny that comes with it. I enjoy Social Studies, but we all know how saturated that field is. I am not opposed to certain admin positions, but I'd prefer one at the central office rather than at a school. I think I may enjoy counseling as far as actually counseling students, but I hate (hate, hate, hate) schedules, transcripts, and all that sort of paperwork.

    Where does this leave me?

    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to suggest a subject/area/degree for me and convince me as to why it would be my best option. I will consider anything and everything at this point.

    :)
     
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    I should add that in my state I would be required to take actual coursework. There's no certification-by-exam option.
     
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    My gut feeling is that the computer stuff could make you valuable in a central office, or as a school-based tech specialist, and would probably be the easiest path out of the classroom.
     
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    Yes, that is an option that I forgot to mention. Some schools in the district do have technology specialist/learning strategist positions. These positions are a little hard to come by, though, and many schools have dropped them altogether so that they can have an additional classroom teacher. I would definitely consider taking such a position if one became available, but I'm not sure that I could count on one being available when I am ready to leave the classroom and/or continuing to be funded once I took it. There would be very few classroom positions that I could go back to if I leave the one I have.
     
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    In my district (actually, I'm sure it holds true throughout most districts in CA), one can't jump from the classroom and land up in a district office administrative position. You'd have to go up the ladder: Vice-Principal, Principal, Director of _________. It's difficult to move to the district office because many, many principals want those oh-so-limited/coveted positions.
     
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    Right. I guess I was just expressing my ultimate goal if I were to go down the admin path.

    We do have many central office positions that seem to be the equivalent of an AP or P. I've known a few admins who have been able to make the leap into a central office position from a level 1 or 2 admin position (dean or AP).
     
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    Curriculum Director?? - I have no idea what degree this requires.
    Science? - We need more science teachers in my state.
    What about a Career/Tech Ed degree - those areas seem to be growing.
     
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    Speech Pathologist?
     
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    I think the CDs in my district are administrators. That might be an option.

    Science isn't my favorite thing. :lol:

    A CTE degree might be something to consider. I think that the licensing for those degrees is different than for "academic" areas, so I would have to look into that a little more.
     
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    I've heard that there is some money to be made in this field. I wonder how long it would take to go to school for this?
     
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    As I see it there are 2 large benefits to speech pathologist as I understand it, other than the "love" of the subject or job duties.

    1. you can probably get a job in any district of your choice in most states. Seems to be highly in need.

    2. From what I understand it can lead to very lucrative career outside of the education field.

    In California you will need a masters degree and quite a bit of observation/on the job hours?

    In my district they asked teachers to go into speech pathology and would pay for their education and give them an internship (paid as a pathologist) until they completed the program.
     
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    Our SLP actually looked this up for me last spring when she was trying to convince me that speech is much easier/better than sped, lol. The fastest program we could find was 3 years, with at least one semester being a full time internship (meaning you'd have to quit teaching during that time). My mom tried to talk me into going into speech way back in high school...wish I would have listened! I don't dislike my current job, but SLPs have way more options. The SLP I worked with in my last district used to do private sessions for $50-60 per half hour in the summer!
     
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    I second speech but also have you considered being a literacy specialist? While what they do vary from school to school,they mostly work with teachers and improving literacy within the classrooms and across curriculums. The one in my school teaches 2 classes (Latin) and then works with the departments and presents pds
     
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    Have you considered moving up to college level in the Education dept? I think you would be terrific with teachers in training.
     
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    Definitely an option.
     
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    I hadn't really thought about that. I assume it would require a PhD?
     
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    One thing to consider about either speech or literacy is that there are a lot more positions for those fields at the elementary level. I don't know if that would be a deal-breaker, and obviously jobs do exist at the high school level, too.

    As far as teaching college, it depends on the college. You could get a job with some with a master's degree, but most tenure-track positions would require a doctorate.
     
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    I have looked into programs around here. A masters is acceptable.
     
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    Caesar,

    I think it is best to look at your strengths. I know you have a great ability to communicate in writing, and I am guessing probably in person as well. Areas where communication is large might be good for you. HR, counseling, some district admin. including training of teachers, English HS teacher (yeah I know the testing stinks...)

    Like anything, most areas always need people who can be really outstanding at that area.
     
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    Student Affairs at a College?

    Getting a tenure track job in any field (especially education) is tough. I know that at the school I adjunct at to teach in the education department you need classroom experience at the primary and/or secondary level and a PhD. in education or a relative field.
     
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    Community colleges have a wide variety of positions available, and are easier to find, qualify for, and get hired.
     
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    Requires a masters at most community colleges.
     
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    What about teaching Business? I would also love to teach Sociology or Psychology.
     

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