- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014
I know there are a lot of American teachers on this site, so I’m hoping some of you can help me out!
I am currently a teacher in Canada with a Primary/Elementary degree and a Bachelor of Special Education. I did both degrees and work in my home province. It was very easy to get my teaching certification… simply fill out the form, submit documents, and get certification in the mail… no exams, no interviews (until applying for jobs of course), nothing stressful at all. Immediately started subbing and now working in a special education replacement.
My fiancé and I are seriously considering moving to Nashville. He is a music producer who owns his own recording studio, but living in a small place in Canada, there is no challenge for him. Thankfully, being a teacher, I can go anywhere, and we’ve agreed that if I can get a job for the next school year in Nashville, we’d go!
I’ve been researching the application process… it doesn’t look too easy. After I fill out my forms and submit my degree to check equivalency, I see we then have to take the Praxis exams. I’ve been looking at them and it looks as if there are different exams for different certification. I am eligible for k-6 primary/elementary, and k-12 special education. If I had to chose, I would definitely focus on Special Education, however, there seems to be several different domains and therefore several different exams. How do you know which one to choose, and if you do that exam, is that the only domain of special education you can teach?? I find this very strange seeing as here, it’s one degree for everything, other than extreme specialties.
How hard is it to even get the teaching licence? How difficult are these Praxis exams, and how long before the school year do you need to take them?
What is the job market like in the US (Nashville), and how do they feel about hiring teachers from out of state or out of county? Once I get my licence (IF), is there even a good possibility to get a job?
I also noticed on the website it says you need a US social security number to apply… yet for applying for a social security number it says you need proof of work. I know that’s a whole other post, but feel free to shed light on that as well! 🙂
I’ve emailed the school board but haven’t heard back yet. It seems like a pretty scary process compared to what I went through!! Hope you all can help me out a little bit.
Thanks in advance!