Where are the Special Ed. Jobs?

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  1. Youreapeach

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    Hi All,
    I'm hoping to find some valuable info/advice from fellow teachers here! I live in CA and teach Special Ed. I found out the last week of school that I would not have my job next year. It was my first year in the district and with the budget cuts, I was one of the first to go. I was on a temp. contract that ended the last day of school. Normally, people under these contracts get rehired if there is still a need. However, a lot of teachers are being "bumped" this year and specialists are having to return to the classrooms. That means bumping people like me. So, even though I had a great year, and did a fantastic job, I'm out of luck. I'm still kind of in a daze about losing my job and feeling a bit devastated. After struggling to find jobs in CA, I am sick and tired and want to find a place that I can have some stability and actually have hope of finding a job. There are hardly any SPED positions around in CA, and for every opening there are tons of people applying. I keep hearing that Special Ed. teachers are still needed in many states, but am not sure where?! I am interested in Texas, but have heard different things. Some say there's a huge need, but others say it's super competitive. I'm also open to other states, but feel really lost and overwhelmed right now.
    I'm hoping for some information on where there is a need for Special Ed. teachers. I'm single and am able to make a move at this time, for a real opportunity. However, I don't even know where/how to start! Applying for teaching jobs out of state is a daunting process when you have no idea where to start or how to go about it! I worry that Districts won't even look at my application, seeing that I'm out of state. Not sure how the interview process would work either...
    Sorry to be so long! Thanks in advance for any information or help!
     
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  3. anewstart101

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    I have no advice except I am in the same position. . . .

    I had a one year contract --temp and now I am looking for a job!

    Last year when I was looking for my first job I had five or six calls a week for interviews

    this year I have only received two calls and not even in the area I am credentialed :confused:

    I am keeping my hopes up!

    I am applying for mild to moderate and moderate to severe jobs.

    I will be adding my mod-severe credential in the fall if I do not have a full time position by then

    after I get both credentials then I will consider relocating in the mean while I am getting some ABA training and want to do some behavior therapy for kiddos with autism.

    I want to teach kids with autism and that is the most important lesson I learned this year!
     
  4. teachersk

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    I remember seeing a list of open positions (I think it was around May??) from Clark County (Las Vegas) -- and there were QUITE a few special ed positions (mostly autism, but some behavior classrooms, etc.)
     
  5. Youreapeach

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    Thanks to you two for responding. I'm definitely not feeling too good about things and my prospects of finding a SPED position somewhere. The lack of responses has me feeling things must be pretty bleak. Guess I'll just keep trying to do research online and find out what I can. There's got to be something out there, and some kind of hope! Any information or advice would still be appreciated!
     
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    If you're interested in TX, then I would look at areas you want to move to, make a list of districts around the areas, and look at sped jobs. You can also look at the regional service centers.
     
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    The southeast is pretty short on Sped Teachers... I am still getting calls even though I've accepted a job already. Have you thought about Georgia or the Carolinas? I know it's far away.... but, I know there are jobs out there. I'm in Tennessee right now, but I've lived in GA and NC, and it was fairly easy for me to find a Sped job in all of these states.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks very much for the info. I've actually considered Georgia and the Carolinas. However, I don't know where to begin! Obviously, I can't afford to just fly out there for interviews. I need help from those who have done this before or at least know how it works for out of state applicants. Do they do phone interviews? Do they even consider out of state applicants? How do I go about it? As for Texas, I know several big cities that I'm interested in, but am not familiar with all the surrounding cities. Once again, I'm not sure how to begin as far at the application process, etc.? Do I just go on individual district sites and apply for jobs? In CA, we have one big network where all districts in the state list openings. Not sure if that's how it works in other states or not?
    I also mainly wanted to know if there are jobs out there to be had! If there are, it gives me a glimmer of hope! I now just need direction of how to go about starting! It's all so overwhelming, and when you are far away and trying to do things blindly, it is pretty scary! Thanks again for the info. It's really appreciated.
     
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    You probably wouldn't pick NJ as a "place to move to" off of a list... but don't do it!

    I applied to an AUTISM CLASS job at one district, and was told there were 78 applications for the position. That is unheard of, especially knowing that most sped teachers want the resource/inclass support type jobs. Not as many go after the self-contained positions, and even fewer go after the BD classes or Autism classes.

    I just thought that was crazy. I got an interview with them, but didn't make it to the "final round."

    I've applied to probably 20 different schools in the area and I got an interview with that one, and also one on Friday that I am really hoping will work out (middle school autism class - founding program).

    But, I've been told that it's just insanely impossible to get a job around here.

    (And I am guessing a lot of other places, too!)
     
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    Wow, how depressing! NJ wasn't on my list...but still! I used to feel and be told, that as a SPED teacher, I was "safe" and would always be able to find a job. I keep reading and hearing that it's still the case. Math, science, and SPED are supposed to be the hardest areas to fill and in the most demand. However, I'm beginning to wonder... I wish somebody would tell me where this is really true!!
     
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    Yeah, every time I tell people that I teach children with autism, they say, "That's job security if I ever heard it!" And I want to tell them, "No, actually, it is not!!"
     
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    Autism does not equal job security. . . .I like working with kids with autism for 2 reasons one my brother high functioning now and second my son all over the autism spectrum depending on the day!

    I recently interviewed for 2 positions both autism and they interview over 25 people each and one had well over 100 applications. . . .

    I'm adding mod-severe and autism because eventually I want to start my own school. . .

    also because of being told one year at my son's IEP that I should not be talking because I was not expert. . . .

    so it was then I decided to become one and it is my passion. This is what I wanted to do way before my son was a twinkle in my eye!
     
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    So true! My family and friends always tell me that I should be able to find a job anywhere. They are going by what they've heard as well, and don't get it when I tell them the jobs aren't out there.
    I've taught Resource and Self contained, Kinder through middle school. I really felt like I was in a good position to be fairly "marketable" and wasn't concerned. Now, I'm freaking out! Ugh...
     
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    Youreapeach, PM what Texas cities you're interested in, and I'll send you some links to districts.
     
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    Hi

    I am in the same boat, but the sad thing is that I am in Las vegas. I worked for a year with Clark County and that was enough for me. I am in the process of moving either back to my homestate or somewhere else in Nevada. I would like to give Nevada another try.

    I have applied to several jobs in Nevada without much success. I am waiting on responses from a couple school districts. I will give Nevada until the end of July. If I can't get a job, then it is back to my homestate. I also applied to over 20 jobs in my homestate and no luck there. At least in my homestate, I could sub and stay with family until I find a full time teaching job.

    I am a special ed teacher with one year of experience, a master's degree and I can't find a job. Very frusturating.

    I need a job too. I have thought about applying to Arizona and Texas but the license part is a bit questionable and confusing. I also wonder if districts would even look at me if I haven't applied for a license. In Arizona, it takes several months to get a license. Not sure what the time limit is for Texas. With these two states, I doubt I will be teaching by August let alone December.

    Thanks
    Jennifer
     
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    Jennifer-What's your home state? I also worry about districts looking at me with an out-of-state credential. That's what I'm trying to find out. I hear it's done all the time, and I hear about people getting hired from phone interviews, and moving across state, etc. So, I guess it's been done before! I'm just trying to figure out where to start and how to go about things. Was hoping to get some expert advice from those who have done this before! Good luck to you!
     
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    Jennifer~you should only have to take a test for Texas. Call the SBEC if you have any questions. Normally you have up to a year to get your tests taken and certified in the state.
     
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    Hi

    My home state is Oregon. I am licensed to teach in Oregon as well as Nevada. I did get two calls from Oregon districts. One district wouldn't consider me unless I do a face-to-face interview. The other district did a phone interview last week and I did not get the position. I have to wonder if it is because I am out of state and not in Oregon.

    With my job in Nevada, I interviewed at a educator's job fair in Oregon. Prior to the job fair, I did their application online. Actually, at the job fair, I interviewed with Clark County. Then about an hour later, I received a call from Clark County requesting to set up a phone interview. I told them that I was at the job fair and just had an interview with your rep. Principal offered a job in May. I applied for my license in June and got it in October. I was teaching without an license which made me nervous being that I am in Special Ed. The rule here is that anything goes. That is how I landed in Las Vegas.

    Honestly, the move was the toughest from Oregon and one that I regret. I have no friends here and still don't. I hate the large city life. I am more happy in the rainy and cold weather than the hot weather. Today we hit 108 degrees and it is still 102 at 9 pm. I would not mind moving to the northern part of Nevada where I can still do my winter sports.

    I am freaking out too. I got smart and started putting money away so I can make the move back to Oregon. There is a possibility that I might move to another part of Nevada. I received a call from a principal that needs someone to start in 3 weeks. Interview is sometime this week. It is possible, but I would need to know quickly so that I can make the move by start date. I am willing to move to this smaller town.

    thanks
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    People say the same thing when I tell them I'm an out of work middle school math teacher. They're just shocked that with the "teacher shortage" that I could possibly be having a difficult time finding a job. *sigh*

    Anyway, to the OP...there are TONS of sped positions posted in the metro Atlanta area, and GA's reciprocal agreements with other states is pretty good. I just had to submit my professional certificate and I'll have to take one relatively easy computer competency exam (my old state didn't have computer competency as part of their licensing process), and they'll issue me a GA certificate. I'm seriously considering adding a SPED endorsement to help find a job here.
     
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    I have no information but just wanted to say that I am in the same boat as you here in FL. In FL teachers are on annual contracts for their first three years. If they get a good review, their contracts are automatically renewed. I received a GREAT review but fell victim to a district-wide layoff. I teach special ed and now find myself looking for a job or hoping for a recall. I wish you the best and wanted to let you know that unfortunately there are many of us in the same sinking boat. :(
     
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    Not in FL. I am Special Ed in FL and I was laid off a couple of weeks ago. Special Ed is not so short anymore because general education teachers are taking the ESE exam to keep their jobs.
     
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    No, in the NY/ NJ/CT area, that's probably right on target.

    Consider that elementary education jobs get THOUSANDS of applications. (Nope, not kidding) It makes sense that something like Autism would get far, far, fewer. To be honest, I'm surprised that the number is as low as it is.
     
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    Some Metro Atlanta counties have job fairs throughout the country. If you are interested in Atlanta, send a PM, I can tell you a few good districts to start out with :)
     
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    I went to take my Texas teaching test a few weeks ago and there were several special ed. teachers there. I asked about the teaching situation for special needs teachers and they told me that they are in demand. One lady was taking her regular ed. tests because she wants to do something other than special ed. and two others were new teachers that were getting special ed. certifications to make themselves more marketable. I hope this helps. I have very limited info because I am new to Texas myself. But I did meet some really nice people. Keep the faith!:rolleyes:
     

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