"Specialist" to Gen Ed?

Discussion in 'General Education' started by daisycakes, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. daisycakes

    daisycakes Companion

    Aug 4, 2014
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    Sep 19, 2015

    I'm wondering if anyone has any experience going from a specialist or single subject teacher to a general classroom teacher. I've been teaching a single subject for 6 years. 3 years in grades 6 - 8 and 3 years in grades 1 - 6. I could obtain an endorsement to be a classroom teacher with just a few extra classes/tests and I'm interested in it because it seems that, in theory, I would have more flexibility in jobs. I would rather teach in a place that I love than teach my preferred subject.

    However, it doesn't give me flexibility if no one would actually be willing to hire me. I think I would be desirable in that I have management down, obviously, and lots of successful experience teaching children, but I would have absolutely no experience teaching math or ELA specifically. Even new teachers (except TFA) have done student teaching in those subjects. Has anyone gone this route? Has anyone had the experience of interviewing/hiring candidates with this kind of application?
  3. FarFromHome

    FarFromHome Connoisseur

    Jul 9, 2007
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    Sep 19, 2015

    I haven't gone that route, but I'm certified in several areas and have been a classroom teacher and a specials teacher. I've moved around a lot, and I usually get more interviews for my specials area. There are so many elementary teachers that it's hard to even get an interview in some areas. However, I've twice interviewed for a specials area and then been offered choices for which position I wanted: classroom or specials. So sometimes you can get your foot in the door and then prove yourself in both areas in interviews.
  4. YoungTeacherGuy

    YoungTeacherGuy Phenom

    Oct 21, 2007
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    Sep 19, 2015

    Daisy, do you also have your Multiple Subjects Credential? If not, have you at least taken the CSETs for Multiple Subjects?

    In my K-8 district, I'm certain that we wouldn't hire anyone without proper certification.
  5. gr3teacher

    gr3teacher Phenom

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    Sep 19, 2015

    Not exactly the same situation, but I was a music major undergrad and got my classroom endorsement through a grad school. I had multiple job offers where they told me my background and versatility helped me land a position.

    I think if you have the endorsement and are able to speak confidently about a knowledge base in teaching ELA and math, you'll be able to land a position, even if you haven't actually taught those subjects.
  6. cupcakequeen

    cupcakequeen Comrade

    Sep 10, 2014
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    Sep 21, 2015

    Not quite the same situation, but similar: I'm an EC teacher with experience in teaching reading and math but hoping to move to gen ed and teach either middle school language arts or social studies.

    I'm not as concerned about being able to teach language arts since I do have a background in teaching reading, but I would love to teach social studies even though I have no formal teaching experience in that area. I'm hoping that when I talk to my P about making the move I can speak persuasively about my love of social studies and how I can apply my knowledge of basic, general teaching quite easily to a content area I love.

    We'll have to see how it goes, though! Best of luck to you!

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