I would like some advice. I am in an alternative certification program and my certification is English, both secondary and middle grades. I have been looking for a teaching position for 2 years now and I had decided to add Math, middle grades to my certification. I have been advised that I need to take 3 more undergraduate math classes, pass the Praxis content area test(s), and then take 2 more graduate courses. Well, I am wondering if I should bother with it now. I'm not trying to give myself a pity party, but I have only had 2 interviews in 2 years. There aren't many positions open here or in nearby districts. (I live in Eastern Kentucky.) I have applied to some other districts, but I haven't heard anything. I think there are just too many teachers around here. I was told at my last interview that there is going to be a 4% budget cut in all of the schools next year. Since I will have a Master's degree in the spring, that puts me, an inexperienced teacher, at a Rank II salary. The way I see it, with the budget cuts, a district would rather hire a teacher with an undergraduate degree, who starts out with a Rank III or IV salary. I had thought that adding Math Middle grades would help me get a job, but I have checked job postings and there aren't many for Math middle grades. So again I ask, should I even bother spending the money for this when it's probably not going to make me more marketable? Any opinions would be welcome.