(Closed) Getting into teaching in the US

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

National certification! That should be easier to get soon, because Common Core (National Standards; currently all states have their own) are coming into effect in, I believe, 2014. The fact that you have prior experience will help a lot, even though it’s in another country. 

Familiarize yourself with Common Core. That’s the big thing right now and the higher-ups want someone familiar with it (or at least that’s what my professors are telling me). You should also familiarize yourself with high-stakes testing and No Child Left Behind. Form an opinion on them. They’ll probably ask. 

Your plan to get your foot in the door is excellent! In most states, you don’t have to have any type of certification to sub. You might want to research the state your Fiance will be working in as soon as you know. You can get your state certification while you sub. 

It’s not how things “usually” work here, but it’s definitely a doable option! Here, you typically get your Bachelor’s Degree (undergrad) first and then apply for jobs. You have an advantage because you have experience. If you also have an undergrad degee, even better! 

Good luck! Let me know if I left something out. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

@farawayviolet:  National certification is already available, but it’s harder to get than it will be soon. I’d go for state first and then national after Common Core goes into effect. It won’t be too much longer. 

It sounds like you’re doing everything right! They may even take your Bachelor’s for what it is and not require anything extra. It can’t hurt to have it and I wouldn’t hold my breath that they’ll take it as is. 

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