How to go from teaching secondary to elementary?

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  1. gottaq

    gottaq Rookie

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    If I get certified to teach a middle school subject, what would the process be for also getting certified to teach elementary? Is it as easy as passing the elementary praxis? Or would I need to have the background of elementary education before I can be certified in that? I know it differs by state.. but any general ideas?
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    It depends on your state. In some states it is as easy as passing the Praxis. In other states you have to redo student teaching at the elementary level. Your state DoE website ought to provide the information you're looking for.
     
  4. shoreline02

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    Which state are you in, we could give you more specifics?
     
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    i.heart.trees Rookie

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    I got my cert in secondary English and decided I wanted to be teaching elementary after a year of subbing at both levels. I am taking cross endorsement courses. I went to the state department of education's website, went to a section that says approved course list (in the certification section), and found out which courses would apply for my cross endorsement. But that's for CT, it could be different elsewhere.
     
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    TamiJ Virtuoso

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    I am certified in California. I started with a secondary certification and it took just a couple extra classes to add on my multiple-subject credential. As has been stated already, check with your state because requirements will vary.
     

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