Mulitple subject teaching credential K-8 plus what?

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  1. heavens54

    heavens54 Connoisseur

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    I want to add to my multiple subject credential; what should I do? What classes, what certificate, what tests? I am in CA, but this question could apply to many states I imagine...

    The goal is to make ME more hirable to a district; so what direction? LA, reading, (no math for me), science is a possibility, but not my strong suit. I have a supplemental in history, but that probably won't get me far is what I am told. I am happy to continue my professional development, love to actually, but not sure what direction to go in...any ideas, comments, suggestions on this?
     
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  3. teacherfan

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    Do you have any experience in secondary? I added a SS in science and supplemental auths in English and social studies to my MS. The problem I have run into is that most of my experience is in elementary (I have done three LTS, none higher than 4th) although I have subbed alot in 6th and some in 7th and 8th. I think most P's only see me as an elementary teacher (and they may be right) and do not see that many of my skills CAN be used in the upper grades. I really bought into the whole "science teachers are always in demand" and thought getting a job would be easier if I had more certification. Which brings me to another problem I feel that has worked against me finding a job... some P's look at my multiple certifications and seem to think that I can't make up my mind about what I want to teach!

    Sorry for rambling :dizzy:
     
  4. heavens54

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    I know what you are saying...then another P might look at your accomplishments and see you as flexible. Which way to go? How do we know what direction? This is my confusion right now.
     
  5. blueandgold

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    I am in CA too and the job market is terrible. I have a multiple subject cred. with 8 years in the classroom and this last year I got my secondary cred. for 9-12 in history, not many high school history teacher openings right now. Now I am going back for special ed. credential at the school I have been teaching remedial classes and I have an interview for a special ed. position that opened up. I would be hired on an intern basis while I finish my 3rd credential. You have to do what the market is in need for. Go for the Science if you can. I studied for 5 months for the history CSET to pass all three sections and took a methods class. At this point in the job market, if you want to teach, you'll have to do whatever it takes. To teach high school Science, if it was not your major in college you'll have to take a methods class in science at a university and then pass all three sections of the Science CSET to teach jr. high or high school science if you are in CA.

    I don't think P thinks we don't know what we want to teach. I think most P look it as though you are flexible and willing to do whatever it takes to get into the classroom. Some people would just give up in this job market and look for something else. It shows perseverance.
     
  6. MissSkippyjonJones

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    I have an English supplemental and it hasn't helped me at all. When our district did layoffs they decided that we couldn't teach students past the 9th grade so we couldn't fill the open HS spots (a long story!). A full SS credential will be of much more use to you. SPED is also an area that jobs are currently available in so that may be a good route for you to consider, but only if you really want to teach SPED, not because you want a job. Speech and Language Specialists are also in high demand at the moment.
     
  7. JackTrader

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    What about the other way around? SS to MS?

    Well, I am a bit on the opposite side of the fence - I am pursuing a SS credential in social studies and English, just have to do ST, had a tough time at my ST and was dropped, but will come back to ST in the fall. In the meantime I have been subbing at elementary schools - K, 1, 2 and 5 grades - and have been having a good time at it.

    So, anyone know of what to look for and the adjustments? My program says that once I get the SS credential, I just need to take a couple of classes, the CSET and the RICA to get one.
     

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