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MemphisSub 05-16-2015 08:00 AM

Applying for jobs outside of your area of endorsement..
I am wondering about this because there is a subject I love, though I did not major in it or take the praxis. One day I might like to teach it.

What do you think?

Hey, has anyone ever applied for a position that was in a subject you were passionate about but not endorsed in? <!--teddybear-->

GreyhoundGirl 05-16-2015 08:18 AM

I have not. If it's a hard to fill position my district had hired people at the last minute who weren't qualified with the understanding that they either become qualified or they will be terminated at the end of the year.

If you love it so much, go ahead and get the qualification.

SwissTeacher2 05-16-2015 09:57 AM

I'm in FL but if you're in Memphis then you're in the South so we have similar standards. I know up north it is more complicated but in the south you should be able to get a "waiver" for being "out-of-field" as long as you are a certified teacher. They give you a certain amount of time to meet compliance by taking the test or doing coursework (usually a year). What I will say though is you would want to find ways to sell yourself as a teacher of that subject (do trainings, reword your resume, try to get experience in that subject). The subject makes a difference too...I know this happens more frequently with reading/literacy (not English), math, and science because those subjects have a shortage of qualified candidates.

TeachChicago 05-16-2015 11:01 AM

Where I live, districts will not hire you if you do not have the appropriate endorsement because you are not considered "highly qualified."

SwissTeacher2 05-16-2015 11:43 AM

LOL teachchicago, don't you love the "highly qualified" requirement? It gets thrown around like crazy but in most cases all you need to do to be considered "highly qualified" is to pass the subject exam. I'm not disputing what you said because we have that here as well. It would be one thing if being highly qualified meant taking X amount of courses in that subject and teaching for such and such amount of time...

MemphisSub 05-16-2015 01:21 PM

Highly qualified...
Yes, I do believe I would need to take and pass the praxis. The only thing is there is so much damned calculus on the exam. I would make a great algebra or trig teacher, though.

SwissTeacher2 05-16-2015 01:40 PM

Given that not many people are good at math, you shouldn't have too much difficulty getting a job if you can pass the test. I say it's definitely something to consider :)

OneOldGoat 06-10-2015 06:37 PM

uhhhh being a good algebra teacher means you know where the learning will eventually take students. That's why they want you to be more than just capable at upper level math.

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