(be honest because I think you all know which candidate is me) Assuming it is for social science Candidate 1 - Just out of college, completed credential from an accredited program. Good student teaching record. Student taught the same grade and subject as the position. Has all required NCLB, ELD, authorizations and credentials for the position. Candidate 2 - 20+ years teaching. Currently employed. Also student taught in middle school, however after 7 years of successful teaching in middle school and secondary, took a test to get a multiple subject credential and moved to primary grades. Taught first grade for 13 years and second grade for the last two. Also has all required NCLB and ELD authorizations and credentials for the position. Who would be more likely to get the job? Now change it up a bit .... Assume the subject is ELA Everything above is the same, except that Candidate 1 has a regular English credential. In other words, he or she is authorized to teach high school English. However, student teaching was in middle school and it's still a middle school position. All ELD and NCLB qualifications are there. Candidate 2 still has the same 20+ years of experience. In middle school, he taught history/ELA core. However, his credential is in social science and he has a supplementary authorization in ELA. In other words, he can't teach English above 9th grade. He is, however, certified a "Highly Qualified Teacher" in ELA due to coursework and experience. Who would be more likely to get the job?