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Old 11-06-2015, 07:19 PM
 
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Not sure if this is the correct place for this but here goes....I have recently applied to begin a year long endorsement program for ELL. The univeristy has a grant that will pay 85% of the tuition, if accepted. I thought for sure this was the way to go. Recently, I read an article in our state newspaper that claims there is a major shortage in reading specialists. So, now I'm wondering if I should go that route instead. I have 19 years elementary experience mainly in Alaska. I am hoping to move to the lower 48 (LA, SC) in the next year or two and would like to make myself more "employable" by getting one or the other endorsement. My question is: which would be the better endorsement? When looking at job sites with the different districts I see a lot of ELL openings but I know how much a struggle reading is becoming, too. Any ideas? Thanks for your help!


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Read over the job postings and school board minutes (if available) in the area where you want to move. This should give you an idea of which to pursue. Although the idea of 85% paid does appeal to me. I have relatives that live in the LA (Orange County) area. When they graduated I heard that there were 37 different languages spoken at the school.
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I'm considering the same options. I don't have answers for you. I might depend on the area. Would you mind sharing where you were able to find such a deal on tuition? Is it online?
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It is through the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Not sure if you have to be a resident of Alaska or not. They have a grant to pay the 85% (LEAP, I think it's called). I'm still waiting to see if I've been accepted or not. Guess once I learn that I can make a decision on which way to go. I have looked at LA job sites & see numerous openings for ELL teachers - not too many reading specialist openings, if any.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:08 PM
 
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I just landed a job as a reading teacher and I'm in New York. I don't see too many positions like this though. However, I do see a large demand for ELL teachers and I think those numbers will only continue to increase as more students are entering school not knowing English. I hope this helps!


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