Most marketable minor for elementary education majors

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  1. ashleywilson

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    I am a senior in high school, and pursuing my passion to become an elementary teacher! I have everything in check for the college process, but still having a difficult time defining EXACTLY what I want to do as far as a minor goes. My top considerations have been Spanish and Special Ed. I have studied Spanish for 5 years and would consider myself fairly fluent, I have also spoke with teachers who have had a minor in special ed and now work with children with mildly disabilities who are yet in the mainstream classroom. I feel like BOTH mlinors would be marketable, but which one would be best?! I'm stressing myself out with this.:)

    Any input is appreciated!!
     
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    I think it really depends on where you are located. I would say here it is special education or reading.
     
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    If you have a high Spanish population, I would go with the Spanish endorsement.
     
  5. ami6880

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    I think reading and math endorsements are highly marketable. Special Ed is too, just depends on if you see yourself as a classroom teacher or a Sped teacher :)
     
  6. ashleywilson

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    There are SO many paths I could take, and I want to do it all!!!!!:) this is a point where I wish had a clear vision of what my future will be like.
     
  7. waterfall

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    I got my job because of my spanish minor. Our school/community has a HUGE spanish-speaking population. At the end of the interview I mentioned it and my boss called me back about 30 minutes later and offered me the job. She didn't even finish interviewing some of the other candidates. I later found out from friends/coworkers who were in on the interview that the reason I was offered the job so quickly was that I speak Spanish. Obviously special education will make you more marketable too, but I'd only go there if you truly want to be a special ed. teacher as once people see that you have that it will be hard to get into the regular classroom.
     
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    I was advised to minor in special education, even though I did not see myself teaching special ed, because it will give you a lot more knowledge about how to best serve inclusion students with disabilities, which you will have in your future classes. Because of the coursework I had, I feel like I know a lot more about IEPs and the special education process than a lot of teachers that didn't have those experiences. It has also helped me a lot in working with students. I would highly recommend the SPED minor.
     
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    Both are marketable, but I would encourage you to pursue what genuinely interests you and a field you would genuinely want to teach.

    I think it can sometimes be a disservice to the bilingual or special education population (or others) to have teachers in those subjects simply to have a job and not because they really are invested in teaching that specific population.

    Having said that, both can serve you very well in the general education classroom as you will encounter plenty SPED and LEP students.
     
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    I don't know what kind of program you're looking into, but I completed a dual certification program so I was certified to teach both elemenetary ed. and special ed. and I also minored in spanish. I completed it all in four years without having to take summer classes or overload courses. If you're not sure which college you're going to yet, look at one where you CAN do everything you want!
     
  11. ashleywilson

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    Im enrolled in Ball State University (IN) and they do have the dual-credit program for eled and sped. I guess I didn't know it was feasible to do a minor on top of the dual credit without being overloaded... Something I need to talk to admissions about. Thinking about a focus in reading as well....
     
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    I think that once you do a couple of field experiences in classrooms you will see more where you fit. Really, you don't need to pick a minor until around your soph or junior year. You have time to figure it all out, you may even change a couple of times!
     
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    In OH I also got a reading specialist certification just by taking an extra praxis test. There are so many required reading courses embedded into the elementary ed. program that all I had to do was pass the reading praxis to qualify. That certification didn't transfer to my new state (doesn't matter since I don't need it for my current job anyway) so I'm not sure about IN but you should look into it.
     
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    Choose a minor, concentration, endorsements, etc on what you prefer or enjoy not because it will make you more marketable.

    I know a couple of teachers who got a math, science, special education, or bilingual/ESL endorsement because they heard that it will make them more marketable. Yes, it may. However, you may wind up in a situation like a friend of mine did where she was switched last minute to special ed (which she did not want to teach) because she was endorsed and had no choice in the matter. This plan backfired. If you are endorsed in it then you should want to teach it because you probably will. :2cents:
     
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    My considerations of minors/specializations are to improve my abilities in the mainstream classroom. I don't intend on teaching Special Ed., but in the mainstream classrooms there are many kids who are not "classified" and therefore a better understanding of how children with disabilities operate would be greatly beneficial. So, should I not have a SPED endorsement, if I'm not looking to work in a full-out Special Ed. classroom?

    As far as the Spanish goes, there are many communities which have high Spanish populations in my area and it opens up more opportunities as far as teaching positions and breaks potential boundaries with parents and/or children in the school system. I don't want to be an ESL teacher, but again, I think Spanish would be important to have in some cases.

    All I'm seeking is to have better knowledge of the mainstream classroom and have the proper education to be successful.
     
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    I understand that you're considering a special ed endorsement but want a general ed classroom. However, you should understand that a school can place you in a special ed classroom immediately and without any concern if you have that endorsement. I know someone who was in that situation- certified to teach PE and Special ed. Got hired as a PE teacher and the day before school started got switched to a special ed classroom. That's why my advice is to only get endorsements in area that you have a desire or are willing to teach solely. :)
     
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    Do you have ANY experience working with SPED kids? If not I think you should find a daycare or Camp for SPED to work at this summer. Before you get an endorsement that may lead to a job you may hate.
    Working with SPED kids is IMHO a calling. If you want to just be better with them in the mainstream course just take a couple of elective credits to help better understand them.
    If you get the endorsement then end up like LUCHope's friend it could be miserable for you and truly a disservice to the children.
     
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    Thank you, EVERYONE, for your information!!! It's been very helpful and all things I will take into consideration! (Learned some things I didn't consider before.) Thank you, thank you! :)
     
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    I minored in English because I am not great in either Math or Science. I have had so many people tell me to get an endorsement or Master's in Sp.Ed. There is no way that I will do it just to get hired on. It takes a special type of teacher to do full on Sp.Ed. You will take a few classes in your CORE classes that will help with the kids that may be mainstreamed into your class. There are also tons of workshops if you need them. So, if you don't feel like Sp.Ed. is a passion, I would say go the Spanish route. I think that I will be getting my Master's in bi-lingual education because of our high level of non-English speakers in California.
     
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    The Spanish minor may get you side jobs of translating conversations or letters. I am not just talking schools but also businesses. Extra income helps nearly all teachers!
     
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    I am not sure if there are bilingual classes in the schools near you, but it is in high demand in Texas. Also, I wish I was bilingual and could speak Spanish. In my urban school, the bilingual classes are much more respectful and believe in education more than my non-bilingual class.
     
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    I actually have considered doing my student teaching in an urban school on the outskirts of Houston, TX ... there's a program through my college that guarantees me a job there if I successfully complete the student teaching.... Still deciding. :D
     
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    If you are interested in teaching in Spanish, then go for it. Bilingual seems to be one of the areas with openings on different school districts' sites.
     
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    Depends on the state I guess, but can you teach sp ed with a minor? besides that, I wish someone had told me to do ESL classes to get that endorsement on my license. MANY schools need these ESL/TESOL teachers and will open up a lot of possibilities.... but, at least where I am, there seems to be only sp ed jobs actually available right now.
     
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    You have to do what makes you happy. Hopefully by the time you're ready to enter the field, things have turned around and you don't have to worry about what's most marketable, but what you WANT to teach. Here's my suggestion: at the college I went to, the degree required you to have two minors of the following: math, science, social studies and language arts. I originally chose math and language arts. Having these minors, you will be certified to teach these two subjects 6-8 on top of your elementary certification. I was doing really well with my math minor (four of the six classes are required for the ed. major anyway) until I realized I have no desire to teach middle school math. In fact, that's my nightmare. So I made the decision to drop my math minor and pick up a social studies minor, something I am much more passionate about. My adviser was surprised, but supportive and assured me that I could always come back and complete the two classes post graduation. Okay, so with all of that... Go into what makes you happy because ultimately it's what you will have to go in and teach day in and day out. I would recommend that if you have any interest in Spanish or reading to go for it, because it will help, but it also depends on what the college you choose offers. Just because you didn't get a certain endorsement in your undergrad doesn't mean you can't go back and get it afterwards... teachers have to have so many continuing education credits anyway to get their professional certificate (or whatever your state calls it.) Good luck! Follow your heart and do what makes you happy.
     
  26. kwata1223

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    I say go for that. The more endorsements you get the better. Even if it does take you a little more than four years it is well worth it when trying to find a job! It may not be ideal to stay in school longer, but education is so important when you're going to be the one doing the education. Do it as best you can!
     
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    Thank you for the encouragement!:)
     

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