Moving from ED to Preschool Intervention

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  1. Zelda~*

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    Jun 7, 2017

    Hi all!

    It's been ages since I last posted. I just wanted to update people. After teaching K-2 ED for eight years, I have made the switch to being a Preschool Intervention Specialist in the fall! :) I'm so excited! Prior to ED I taught Head Start for four years, and I have missed the littlest ones very much.
     
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  3. Preschool0929

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    You'll love it! That's what I do :) It's definitely difficult and I still go home exhausted, but I love it. It's so helpful that you have an early childhood background as well. A friend of mine went from middle school EBD to preschool spec ed last year (never having worked with littles) and had a very difficult time.

    Good luck!
     
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    I am still studying to go to school to get special ed credentialed. My dream is to be a preschool intervention specialist. Congratulations on your new job! The only experience I have with little ones is parenting, having playgroups, etc. Found as a parent I'm best with younger ones than teens.

    I realize I need to get some solid special ed teaching under my belt before going into this field - seems I would need the experience to better understand/access the little one's issues - what do you think? Is the pay about the same?

    Also, I've wondered....are preschool intervention specialist jobs harder to come by in comparison to elementary special ed jobs? Are they more common in bigger cities?
     
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    I had been with my ESC for about eight years, teaching ED. There was pretty much zero competition for that position. This past winter I put in a request to make a switch to Preschool, saying I'd be willing to take tests and classes for the endorsement. In May I got my request approved, and was slid into a job another teacher was leaving.

    The pay is the same. I'm in a rural area, and our ESC is very competitive with salaries. We have no Union, however.

    My time with Head Start helped me, and it partially counted towards Steps on my pay scale when I was originally hired. Working with "at risk" children is always a good way to gain experience.

    Good luck! :)
     
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