Question about Subbing in CA

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  1. thebatchelor

    thebatchelor New Member

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    I am finishing up my BA in Social Work and I am taking the Cbest tomorrow. With the passage of the Cbest along with my BSW, will this allow me to sub in CA? Another question I have is if I decide that I want to end up teaching, maybe 6th or 7th grade English, what would I need to do to make the transition with simply having the BSW and the Cbest? Your help is appreciated.
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Whether CBEST plus bachelor's will suffice for you to substitute will vary from district to district - if there are more credentialed teachers than there are jobs in your area, your local district might require that substitutes hold full credentials. Check the district's Web site, or ask at your county office of education. You will also be required to undergo a background check (the Certificate of Clearance) and be screened for tuberculosis, among other things.

    To become credentialed in California, you have to show subject matter competence and you have to complete a credential program (or an internship program). Seventh grade English would be single subject: see http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/secondary-teaching.html. For a single subject credential, you can show subject-matter competence through coursework or by passing the relevant CSET exam (in your case, CSET English: see http://www.cset.nesinc.com, and in particular http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS_testguide_Engopener.asp).

    Sixth grade can be a middle school grade, or it can be an elementary school grade, in which case you'd need a multiple subjects credential: see http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/CREDS/elementary.html. To demonstrate subject-matter competence, you must pass CSET-Multiple Subjects (see http://www.cset.nesinc.com, and especially http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS_testguide_MSopener.asp).
     
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    Some middle schools will take the multiple subject CSET for 6th grade - it will depend on how the principal or district staffs 6th grade. The multiple subject credential allows you to teach to anyone for a certain % of the day. We split our 6th grade teachers among 3 subjects each so that makes their subject credentials valid. 7th grade is usually single subject all day.

    If you decide to sub middle school, you will probably get calls every single day. It's the least popular subbing position. Seems a lot of subs would rather stay at home than sub for our demonic angels......



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  5. Christinak6

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    From my own research, it seems that there are very few districts that will just take you in as a sub with just your BA and CBEST, but I'm sure that you can find a job with what you got. I guess that it depends how desparate the district is for subs.

    Oh, I second that motion on staying home rather than sub at the middle school grade. Middle school is not for everyone!
     
  6. thebatchelor

    thebatchelor New Member

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    demonic angels, I never heard it put like that although I have seen some tough ones.

    now I took the cbest today, so according to what I read above the next logical step for what I want to do is probably take the CSET in english? but overall you think it will be more difficult than not finding sub work with what I have now pretty much the ba in sw and the cbest? thanks for all the input.
     
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    Passing CSET English certainly wouldn't hurt. Before proceeding, though, ask in your area to find out what it is that the local districts demand of their substitutes. It would make sense to start shopping credential programs and options too.
     

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