Hello, My situation is somewhat unique. All though given the fact that this site covers a broad range of topics on the subject of education and teaching, I figured someone might be able to render useful advice. My objective is find employment as a teacher assistant with a program such as the Springboard after school program, or similar after school program. To be a teacher assistant for an organization such as La Petite Academy would also be of interest to me. I mentioned the Springboard program, because a number of schools in my area (Denver, CO) offer it. The eligibility requirements to be considered for hire as a teacher assistant with La Petite Academy are 1) High School diploma 2) minimum of 6 months exp. in a licensed child-care facility For the Springboard program 1) An associates degree or something equivalent 2) Experience working with children K - 8 Here's where my situation becomes "unique". I have a Master of Music degree, and 14 years experience providing musical instruction in the private sector. Years ago, I was a teacher assistant for a high school special ed. program. I also tutored kids at my church with English, writing/reading and Math. Unfortunately, the latter experience would likely be considered "unofficial". My current teaching resume, in my opinion, is too "area specific" and it does not reflect my capability in a "public school", or licensed child-care type of setting. I KNOW I have the capability to do well in this area. Even though I've worked with kids as young as 5, since it was in the "private sector", I'm sure it "wouldn't count." I just don't have the money to go back to school, to get all of the certification requirements, and the whole 9 - yards. Esp. since full certification is not required/specified for the position of which I speak. All though, I'd be willing to do that should I be hired. I guess the advice I'd find most helpful, is, some ideas on how to emphasize my strong points and my teaching experience, while I de-emphasize the fact I can't prove that I've worked at a licensed child care facility? Besides, how is one supposed to gain experience such as this if not given the opportunity? I don't want to tell out right lies, but at this point, given the fact I REALLY need to work, and it's work I could do right now, if it will help me to land a job, I'd be willing to "stretch some things", a little, if need be.