Texas Special Ed Teachers....

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  1. TxChelsey

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    I am currently enrolled in an alternative certification program and have yet to find a job. I passed the EC-4 Generalist content exam with flying colors but, due to a family medical emergency, I missed my 4-8 Generalist test date. I am only allowed to take one more content exam before I get a job and was thinking about taking the Special Ed instead on the 4-8. The special ed test can be taken by computer practically anytime versus waiting for the next available "official test date". Also, in my job serch I have noticed a need for this type of teacher. What is the exam like? Will I be able to change to regular ed without to much protest if I want to? Will I be dealing with severely impaired students? Do I need additional qualifications for that? And, absolutely no disrespect intended, will I be dealing with incontinence or other medical conditions? Any feedback would be great.
     
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    Well I was certified 14 years ago so I know nothing about the certification, but just tolet you know there is a need for PSecial Ed teachers here in Texas BUT the difference being they normally only hire certified teachers first before emergency certified, meaning you could get hired as Special Ed teacher before you finish certification BUT if someone with a College Certification comes in they will be hired over you even if you are more qualified.BUT I can almost guarantee a Para Proffessional job your first year with the opportunity at an open Teacher position teh next year inthe district you are in.

    NOW As for your population you will deal with, you coukld get almost anything from a resource kid who just needs help reading or doing math to teaching A resiource english, math, science etc job, my first year I taught resource English, Politacal Science , Government and study skills as well as being a content mastery teacher my other 2 periods.

    You could get a Behavioral adjustment class, those are the kids with behavior problems they could be the punks in school to severe and profound retarded students

    You could get a bridging class, this is a high functioning MR student who needs help securing a job and transistioning from school to a group home or life after school, this is also like a resource class at times.

    Finally is a Life Skills Class, you could have any level of functioning MR student, from high Functioning, Autistic, Or those that are incontinent and need diaper changing even at the High School Level and feeding tubes and trach changing etc.

    How do you feel with IEP's and running an ARD in some schools the diagnosticians are not there and you run the ARD.

    HTH If you have any other questions feel free to ask me.
     
  4. worrywart

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    Giggles covered it really well!

    It really depends on what you want to do. I think it would be harder going into the sp ed job without certification and with little/no training regarding all the unique things that a sped teacher has to do.

    This would be especially important if you were in a smaller district with little/no special ed support.

    Tough decision - good luck!
     
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    How does Texas credential teachers now? I have dual life-time credentials in both Generic Special Education and Elementary Education from Texas back in 1997. I won't lie to you, I had great difficulty obtaining employment as a special education teacher down there too. I finally gave up and applied online for LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education) and was given a telephone interview and was offered a teaching position a week later. Naturally I accepted and was informed that I would need extra course work to obtain my Clear Education Specialist Credential which I just earned as of August 9. I worked my tail off at interviews, applications but was always told "we found another person with more experience" back in South Texas. I don't regret a single day I left that state. I love living in California very much. It's a great place to live if you are "SINGLE!" I hate to admit that it's not a good place to raise a family if you are trying to find a home that is affordable though. I passed all of my ExCet Tests back in 1997 too. Has the teaching requirements for Texas changed?

    Troy in Downey, Ca
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    I was certified before the crediting changed, I am a life timer and you are too, once you have that certificate you are good and have to do no service hours or inservices, but of course you do to stay on top of your game, you could come back to texas to teach anytime with your certification. Now you are recertified every 4 years, you do a certain number of inservice hours plus a certain number of classroom hours to be renewed. It is not the exCet anymore I am not sure what it is called now.

    I do not think Texas is expensive to live here at all especially compared to California, my sister lives in CA, the average house in Texas, and I know this because I took 6 years off to work for my parents Mtg. company, but the average house in Texas is about 2200 sq. ft and $140,000, compared to the 1,000 sq. ft house in Ca. That cost my sister $675,000, Of course my sister works for MTV and makes lots of money, do they pay teachers well in CA? I am curious what most states pay, Texas is averaging $38-$44 k a year now a far cry from the $21K I made 10 years ago.

    But yes if you ever want to come back to Texas and teach and It sounds like you don't you could probably write your own ticket to any school, Even though I interviewed in one district against 13 other school districts, most districts were in dire need of Deveolpental/communication (autisitc) teachers and offered them more money than a regular ed teacher.
     
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    I am currently the Behavior teacher at a small S. Texas school. My first cert was in EC-4. I then added the 4-8 RLASS. I will be taking the spec ed test in Oct. There are no more lifetime certifications for Texas. You have to basically do like 30 hours a year for the 5 years that your license is good for. I have to admit I had a VERY hard time finding a position as a regualar ed teacher, that is why I took the position as the behavior teacher. Before you take the computer test you need to ask if you need to take that one. I was going to take the computer based spec ed test, I then found out that all I have to take is the supplemental spec ed test because I am all ready a certified teacher. Im not sure how it works if you havent taken the PPR test. I do know that once you are a fully certifed teacher you can take whatever certification tests that you want. So you might want to concentrate on whatever courses you are taking and then passing the PPR before you add anything else at this point.
     
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    Giggles,

    Ok, you got me for the house payment. I prefer to live in a condiminum if possible. I don't like the humidity in Texas and almost summer-like conditions all year. At least here in CA they don't hide thier true attitude about you which is better to me. In Texas they judge people for thier shortcomings, but they don't offer anything to help you and I still felt the teachers had no backbone either. I make close to $60,000 a year with my current teaching credential. I don't have a master's degree either. I am given the option of working summer school if I prefer, which I do. I also am given extra 45 minutes pay compensation for working during my planning period. That adds my pay at the beginning of the month to an extra $600 after taxes. We have two pay periods per month. I live less than 2 miles from where I live to my classroom. There are tons of things to do here. I love Los Angeles, but I really enjoying consulting teachers about children with autism too. Thanks for the information.

    Troy in Downey, Ca
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    Oh I hate the heat we are battling the 105 degree weather and no recesses at my sions school and it has been humid too, I think we got 20 days of winter last year. I agree if you work in an affluent nschool district you get some snobby teachers, that is one reason I quit teaching for 10 years. I also get a stipend for being Special ed and work through my lunch but I don't get paid for that :( that is nice for you!Oh and 2 pay periods are better than one although now that my husband is making more money than he did 10 years ago and we have no debt, me getting paid once amonth is not too bad, although I have gone a month with out my $900 preschool check I was getting, it iwill be nice to know I am making more than that with my first check!

    Good luck this upcoming school year and thanks for all the great advice you have helped me more than you know these past 2 days with my autistic kids.
     

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