Is the certification worth it?

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  1. CDOR79

    CDOR79 Comrade

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    Dec 22, 2020

    I have my Master’s in education (N-8) and cert in TSWD. I’m contemplating if I should go back to school to obtain my ESL certification.

    My goal is to continue learning and make myself more marketable for future job searches. I have no interest in being an administrator, so I don’t want to pursue that certification. The only other one that seems to be popular is a reading specialist, but I have more of an interest in ESL.

    I’m currently teaching Pre-K and absolutely love the grade level! I wish there was a specialization certification of some sort for that age, but I’m not finding one. I’ve developed a huge interest in child development now due to my newest position.

    I’m just wondering if anyone thinks it’s worth it to return to school. I’m not rolling in the dough and would prefer NOT to put myself in more debt, but I could make it work if it’ll help me down the road. I want to add something to my credentials to make me a “better” job candidate. That’s my ultimate goal.

    I’d appreciate ANY feedback!
     
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  3. viola_x_wittrockiana

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    What do you ultimately want to do? If you don't want to commit to teaching ESL, it's not worth it. Whether or not ESL will help with jobs depends on your area and where you're willing to teach. If you don't want to teach in a city or a blue-collar town, it's not going to help much. If your current community has need, they'll snap you up in an instant.

    A friend from college teaches bi-lingual Pre-K through Headstart and she loves it. The small city she works in is in the economic dumpster, which is an added struggle. If getting the youngest students off and running with English is something you can see being a long-term setting for you, do it. It's an uphill battle, but the kids make huge gains.

    Run a cost-benefit analysis, considering what you'll need in training and what you'd likely gain in pay/job security/work environment. Would your employer cover some of the cost? Do you already have enough base knowledge to do a cheaper program, or would you need more extensive training? I haven't gone for it because for me, it's not worth it. I'm functionally bi-lingual with five years experience in ESL evaluation and two years ESL at a CC. None of that experience counts for certification though, so I'd be paying a lot of time and money to "learn" what I've already learned from field experience.
     
  4. waterfall

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    Are you having a hard time finding a job right now? More certifications can make you more marketable, but like the pp said, make sure you actually want to teach in that area, and not just think you're going to use it to be "more marketable" for a regular classroom job. Around here, EL (what ESL is now called in my area) certifications are a dime a dozen. Because we have a fairly large EL population in the state, many, many teachers choose EL as the area to get their MA in. There is a lot of competition for EL jobs as many people are looking to get out of the regular classroom at this point. That may not be true in an area with low EL population. I know that where I grew up in the Midwest, it wasn't a desirable job because there would literally be 1-2 people hired for the entire district, and they had to travel around to all the different schools because there just weren't many ELs. Here, there are a least 1-3 FT EL teachers in every school.

    As far as making your job search easier, I would wait it out before spending money on another degree. A whole lot of teachers are burning out with "pandemic teaching" and even if you're not seeing openings now, I'd bet money there will be a lot more this spring/summer. If you're just looking to learn more, look for some high quality PD instead. Significantly cheaper, more focused, and honestly probably better than what you'd get in another MA program anyway. Spending all of that money on an additional MA degree just doesn't seem like a wise financial move to me.
     
  5. CDOR79

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    Thank you both for your responses! My ultimate goal is to get a job in a public school system. It seems to be almost impossible in my area! Am I solely focused on being an ESL teacher? No. Again, I’m just trying to make myself more marketable. It’s not that I would hate it or have no interest at all, but it’s not like I’d pursue it because it’s my main goal.

    I will take all of your advice into consideration. You both made great points. I think I’ll start looking into some PD for now.

    Thanks again!
     

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