What would be the minimum that you would take, at this point, if your district offered a teaching opportunity to you? In other words, would you take less than what is current starting salary? If so, how much less? How low would you be willing to go? Keep in mind, I realize that this would be problematic, if it were really to occur. The union would be upset to see you undercut the earning power of teachers, etc. THAT IS NOT MY INTENT, and not the point of this discussion thread. But the way I look at it: As someone who already works practically every day as a sub teacher (and yes--I realize regular teaching invovles MUCH MORE work), I wonder what would happen if I walked in and said, "Hey, just pay me sub pay the rest of this year, and I'll take a class. The way I figure--I'm working every day anyway. When I get home, I have time (to prepare for next day, etc.) The thing I'm missing on my resume is experience, which I will probably never see if things keep going as they are. I'm wondering what everyone else (in similar situation) thinks. If they even consider stuff like that... In my district, it's especially hopeless for someone in my shoes because before I even get a sniff, there are 20-50 tenured/non-tenured teachers who are either called back for a year (happening for a few years now), or who were laid-off and now subbing... but have some years in the district under their belt. So the situation is especially hopeless. And for the record: this is not something thats a consideration in my situation. It's just something that runs through the mind of this long-time sub who sees no entry point into the profession.