How many of you have add-on authorizations?

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  1. nasimi77

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    I wasn't really sure where to post this thread, so if it's in the wrong place I'm sure it'll get moved.

    I have talked to a lot of my "teacher friends" who say that I should add on to my current credential to increase job opportunities. I currently hold a professional clear multiple subjects credential for the state of California. I checked the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing web site, and supposedly "all" I have to do is take the appropriate exam, one or two credential classes, and that's it. OR, take classes at an approved subject appropriate program. I'm batting around a few ideas, but the one subject that does seem to be in need is English. Yes, I know, Math & Science are biggies, but I don't feel comfortable teaching those subjects @ high school level. I think I need a passion for those and it's not there. However, teaching English, writing, literature, etc...that sounds terrific to me. However, my concern is this: Is just passing a subject approved exam really enough? (in my case, the English CSET). I mean, according to the CCTC web site it is, but I don't know. I'm thinking I may want to look into a 2nd bachelor's degree in English. Yeah, sounds nuts, but I just know how parents can be. "So, do you have your B.A. in English?" Well no, but I did pass the test. Now, may I be ever so clear that if there are folks that have done it this way, I am not saying this is bad, apparently it's been approved by the state...I'm just wondering if it's the best route and even for the students. So, specifically for those of you in California, if you've added on to your existing license, please let me know how you went about doing it. I'm curious. Thanks. :help:
     
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    I'm in CA and added Math to my multiple subject credential. You need to take the appropriate CSET tests and then take a teaching methods course. In place of the CSET you can enroll in an approved subject matter program and go that route.

    If you decide this is the route you want to go, then you can actually teach that subject while you are in the process of adding the authorization. It's called a limited assignment permit and the school and district do not get hit for having a teacher out of a subject area. The school hiring you has to approve this and then the district will rubber stamp it.
     
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    Hey, thanks DDB23. I didn't even know this "limited assignment permit" existed. I am trying to find out exactly what "program" to take. I tried calling the CCTC today to talk to an actual human being, no such luck. I also called and talked to a counselor at a local university, and even he seemed a bit unsure....is it a 2nd bachelor's degree, how many classes, exactly would I need? Very unclear. However, he did say he'd get back to me, so I'm counting on that. Anyhow......thanks for the info!:cool:
     
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    In Missouri you could take the Praxis to add certifications on-but I think you could only do it while you were in college. I'm not exactly sure. I think you could add as many certifications on as you wanted. A lot of people did early childhood, or middle school. I have certification in Elementary and in Vocal Music. Music was a certifiable minor-so I have the actual degree, not added on.
     
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    You can add on a supplementary authorization (not a second credential) in certain subjects. For English, if you happened to take a variety of Enlgish classes in college you may qualify. With a supplementary authorization though, you can only teach in grade up to 9th. Here is the website:
    http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl629.html
     
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    In the end, an added authorization will show up as a single subject credential. Mine looks like this:
    Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential

    and then lists the appropriate areas. The problem with going through a university is that you will probably have to match their program timing. You can take the CSET anytime. I recommend that you find a CSET prep course, review the standards and practice tests, and take the tests.


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    I have a K to 6 degree and took Praxis tests to add middle level certification. I have taken 4 tests: Social Studies, Math, Language Arts and science. All I needed to do was take the tests to add the certifications in PA but now I can teach through 9th grade in those subject areas.
     
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    Like Maryhf, I did the same thing in PA. I ws initially certified in elementary, took Praxis exams and added on MS english, MS social studies, and Family and COnsumer Sciences. In PA there are a few areas you can't add on, like special ed, elementary, and a few others. But for the most part, you can add anything on! It's a good thing to do if your state give you the option. It's how I got my first teaching job - middle school english and social studies! Good luck!
     
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    I had a single subject credential in CA (social studies) and added Multiple Subject - I had to take a reading curriculum course, pass the RICA and the CSET multiple subject. It was pretty easy to add-on, it actually took longer for them to process the credential than it did to meet the requirements!
     
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    This is something I just recently looked into

    The idea of adding to my current license came about as a result of a position that was posted on a school site for a reading specialist at the elementary level. In the qualifications it stated that you had to have the Minnesota teaching license plus the Reading Specialist License. So after I saw that, I got on the Minnesota Department of Education to see what it would entail to add on the reading certification. My state has a process called "Licensure Via Portfolio". Basically, you put together a portfolio of classes, teaching experiences and professional development activities that relate to the subject. If you pass the review board then you take the reading specialist Praxis test and you have your license. I actually like this because then I do not have to quit subbing and go back to college to get this done.

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    I am certified elementary ed, along with 3 endorsements (early childhood education [i'm teaching 5th. lol.], math and social studies). In Michigan, you can not teach middle school (and often not K-2) with out an endorsement to go with it. To GET an endorsement you have to fulfill the college requirements (usually 28-40 credits depending on if it is a major or minor concentration) AND pass the MTTC test for that endorsement (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, we don't use the Praxis). The only way to get around this is to get an emergency credential. Only availavle in SpEd, and you have so long to complete the requirements before it expires on you and you can not renew it.
     
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    I'm in Arkansas and a principal just told me this past week I have a couple of options to add new credentials. Study on my own to take the Praxis and pass it or return part time for the classes necessary to pass the Praxis. She seemed to think it was not a big deal and very common.
     
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    I realize I can take the CSET, but taking the Art courses actually seems more enriching, since I need to brush up (no pun intended) on some of my skills. QUite frankly, what I what through to pass the Multiple Subjects CSET exam was nothing short of hell:eek: not sure I want to go that route again...yet I realize I may have to if taking classes doesn't work out. I just applied to my alma mater as a grad student, and I'm going to meet with a credentials analyst sometime this week, so we shall see.
     
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    Annie, why did you add Multiple Subject? I'm considering doing the same thing. I will have my single subject in social science, however I also enjoy English/Language Arts, and many of the middle schools in my area require a Multiple Subjects credential to teach their Social Studies/English classes, rather than single subject. Was the class you took through a state school?
     

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