I am currently living in NJ and teaching Emotionally/Behaviorally Disabled inner city high schoolers. I went to school for SPED. I have a NJ Teacher of the Handicapped K-12 license. I have most of my experience teaching ED/BD students, primarily inner city, 2 years experience high school, and one year experience middle school. It's taken me three years to realize that I *hate* where special education is going. Many jobs around here in SPED are being offered in either ED/BD at the high school level, or as In Class Support (which I *hate*). I'm tired of working with students who cuss at me, who steal from me, who lie about me, and who push me- all without consequences. I've always loved the younger grades. I can be *so* creative when it comes to the little ones. My experience in SPED and my ability to identify children with special needs will be an asset to me as an elementary teacher. I just have one problem- how the heck do it do it?! I am currently eligible for a NJ K-5 license (and just waiting on the state to issue it). However, given my experience, I have applied for jobs just to be pushed into a high school ED/BD. It is my feeling that I need to get my BA in Elementary Education, obtain that K-5 and start fresh- completely wiping my resume clean of SPED for fear I will be tossed into a SPED class again. Does anyone else think this is necessary, or am I out of my mind? What would be course load be like (if there is anyone out there who has done this or something similar)? Also- where can I find elementary ed jobs? I am looking to relocate anywhere (Alaska, and Hawaii are not out of the question). Who needs elementary teachers?? Also- what is the process like to get an out of state license? I know some states allow reciprocity, but if they don't how difficult is it? HELP ME! I neeeed to get out of this situation!