I thought there was a teacher shortage?

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  1. Chris Render

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    I was not aware you could have transcripts evaluated. How do you go about having that done? I have considered taking the middle school science test. I believe I can pass the test. However, at some point, you start wondering if spending more money is the answer.
     
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    The state DOE needs to evaluate your transcript to make sure it meets their requirements. For example, in NJ to teach biology at the secondary level, you need a minimum of 30 credits in biological sciences, in a logical sequence, about 30-40 percent upper level courses. This is how NJ equates the knowledge to a major. However, if I only want to teach MS science, I only need 15 credits of science, no logical sequence, no upper level courses. So a person who took introductory courses in biology, chemistry, botany, physics, and earth science would be eligible to take the MS science exam, and if passed, be able to acquire that certificate, I just did a quick read on Indiana's website, and noticed multiple references to transcript evaluation. You need to get to know the licensing requirements. I know NJ requirements pretty well, and I have 7 or 8 certificates. Two of them required extra coursework/degree, but the rest were covered by existing coursework.

    The biggest question is what do you want to teach? What are you good at? Do you love the cert that you currently have, or did you settle for that? Only you can answer those questions. I won't lie, I test well, but along with that is I study hard for any test I take. I don't waste money taking the same exam over and over. I have also used a CLEP exam to make up for a course that my DOE didn't allow that was considered in the content on my transcript. Instead of taking a course, I took an inexpensive test for the required credit. If in doubt, call your DOE, but have concrete questions so that they can give you concrete answers.

    You are looking in the middle of the school year, so not ideal. The good news is that if a district needs someone for the rest of the year for a class, it gives you some advantage for full year jobs for the fall.

    Best of luck!
     
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    Yes, I love the subjects I tested in. That is why I took those tests and I knew I had enough credits to qualify for.

    The problem is love does not pay the bills. I am hoping that when schools start hiring for the fall I will have better luck.
     
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    I would agree with you except in the fields of SPED, Math, Foreign Language, and ESL. I see job postings all the time for those teaching positions and schools are begging people to apply.

    In CA, there are math teaching positions being offered everywhere. I could easily find another job if I wanted, but I love working at my current school. It’s absolutely perfect, IMO.
     
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    If you love your cert, that's awesome. Sometimes there are other things that tickle our fancy, things we may also be good in, or have an interest in. That certainly explains my number of certs. Some certs have related fields that may be more marketable, since trends change. If your transcript has been evaluated, and nothing has changed in terms of education, finding out whether or not you could test for MS science, or anything else, should be simple and not very expensive.
     
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    I don’t think they would do that in NY.
     
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    You say these things all the time about NY but never say what districts to check. They need to post whether their teachers are certified on the web. It’s an easy check.
     
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    You could always pull up the district, take a screen grab, and black out the district names and even teacher last names if you like. Otherwise, no need to keep saying it.
     
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    How can they force you to teach a subject you don’t have a certification in?! I mean, the certification tests are separated by language.

    Only in America.
     
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    In my district you can be asked to teach outside your content area. There are some limitations to that as far as how many classes can be assigned to you and for how long you are allowed to teach outside your content area. It's not super common, but I have seen it happen more than once.
     
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