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How can I become a title 1 teacher?
Old 02-26-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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Hi

I've done the classroom thing for sometime now. I am in complete burnout.

I'm ready for a change. I'd like to take coursework to become a title 1 reading teacher. I've looked at two different programs. Should I get a reading certificate or a Masters in reading? Which will give me the qualification I need to be a Title 1 reading teacher?

Also, any suggestions on the switch. Good idea? What do you like most about the Title 1 position? What do you like least?

Thanks for the help.

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Most districts will accept either the reading certificate or a Master's in Reading. Personally, I would go for the Master's degree. The jobs could be changing to the point it could be required, but that's all speculation on my part.

I've never taught classroom. I graduated college at a time that it was nearly impossible to get a classroom position. I started my Master's at that time and kept subbing (8 years) until something opened up, and it was a reading position. I've done it ever since.

I love it, for the less paperwork and less hassle of everyday classroom life. I teach the same thing all day, just different groups of kids. I support the classroom teacher's curriculum by reinforcing, reviewing, or previewing concepts with the students. Some of the students I see are eventually seen by special ed instead. Many of the kids I see are below average IQ. There are federal guidelines to doing the job, which means a lot of paperwork at certain times of the year. In my district, I don't see students at the times I do the paperwork (first few weeks and last few weeks of school).

Good luck with your decision!
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I love it too! I work with small groups in K-4 and see small groups. I work in all grade levels and have nothing to bring home to correct. I also don't have to deal with difficult parents anymore. Love that! The prep is easy! We also teach a whole class lesson each day in the cycle for the rooms we work in. It's a great balance! I love whole class time. One hour is just enough to get my fix!!! I am one of 3 reading teachers in my building, so that's great too. We share, share, share and have a great office! I LOVE IT!
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Me too...
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As you have probably read other times I have posted, I was regular ed for 20 years...5th grade mostly, 4th, and 6th. I feel that has been a BIG advantage for me in my Title position. I can' t imagine doing this job without having the regular ed background, but I know others are very successful without that.

What I don't miss from the regular ed room....are the things that wear you down as a teacher...collecting homework, dealing with parents, collecting the field trip money, the after recess arguements,the growing curriculum demands on our kids,,,,,,

What I miss about the regular ed room....the group of teachers on your grade level to discuss things with. You tend to lose some of the connectedness you feel even if you don't like some of the people on your grade level. As a 'special' teacher, you don't always know what is going on...who is going on what field trip, which student is doing what to whom.

What I love about Title I...specializing in one area. You can put so much more focus on one thing so you feel like you've done something lasting for the kids. You also form a special relationship with the kids that is different than in a classroom. So much more personal....and I was a 'in your face...love you up...kind of classroom teacher. Sometimes I am the only support my Title kids have...many (not all) have family issues that have led to them being struggling readers.
And of course, you don't have the things that wear you down...recess arguements and behavior issues are fairly non existent. Perhaps that comes from the support the kids feel in my room and them not having to 'perform' for their classmates and feeling like they are 'less than' they are. Self esteem is a big part of my job.

I am glad I made the switch. But fair warning...there is a lot of things to learn about following all the Title I guidelines.

Good luck in your decision. I would go for the Masters as well, but in my state, you can get your reading credential with part of the reading masters classes you take, so you could get that as you finish your masters.
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Title I ...OH YES
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I am a K-12 Reading Specialist with MS in Reading, MS in Special Ed, MS in Ed Leadership and Ed.S. in Admin. Title I OR Reading Specialist IS the way to go! I taught Title I for 7 years and loved every minute of it. I love the small group setting and teaching is much more focused. Kids are there for ONE reason..and they WANT to bring their reading level up....and they DO. Once they do, they excel in all other areas. Their lack of reading skills was what was holding them back from succeeding in the other areas. There are Title I guidelines to follow as usual but, you get used to them. I still gave homework if my kids asked for it..and they almost ALWAYS did because they were SO excited that they were gaining reading skills.

The MS degree was such FUN! But then, I love to learn!!
GO FOR IT!! You will LOVE IT.


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Old 01-15-2009, 03:54 PM
 
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I am going to attend school for the same degree, go for it, I am. Good Luck.
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BS in ECE before MS in Reading...ok?
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Hello everyone! I am working on my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, primarily b/c this is the age group I like best. I would love more than anything to be a Reading Specialist for those grades. I definitely wouldn't mind working as a Title I Reading Teacher for K-12 because I believe in reading as the foundation to most every other subject as well. Is this an okay way to go...BS in ECE and then on to a Masters in Reading? Should I work on a BS in Special Ed. first?
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:00 PM
 
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I am a title 1 teacher. I work with grades k-3. I have about 60 children. I love my job. I work full time hours, but I make very small pay and I have no benefits and I am not in the union. I have a BS in Elem Ed grades 1-8 I am HQT in grades 1-6 and HQT in Reading which includes 7 and 8. I have 15 hours toward my masters in reading. I am treated like an aide and No one is willing to help with any input. There are a few that say things to each other, but nothing is said directly to me. I am currently using the sidewalks program for kindergarten and its great!!! My school wants me to use wilson's for 1 and 2 Any thoughts!!!
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Hello,
I teach title 1 K-2nd. I love it, and this is my first year. We use wilson's phonics program, and I have to tell you that I pick and chose a lot! IT is very dry, so you have to make it fun and exciting. The good part, is it is very repetitive which is great for those struggling students.. but boring for the teacher!!
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:57 AM
 
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Does anyone know if an Intervention Specialist could become a Title I Teacher? What would I have to do? I have my Master's in Curriculum and Assessment.

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Old 10-20-2011, 06:25 PM
 
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Marcy, (or anyone in the know)What is an HQT?
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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Good afternoon all. Do you have to have a teaching license to be a Title I teacher? I have a Masters in Teaching and Learning. I have taken Praxis I and passed but I'm having difficulty with Praxis II. I am at a state of frustration but really needing something to get my foot in the door. Any suggestions or help will be greatly appreciated. You are more than welcome to email me at andmuw2004#yahoo.com. Thank you.
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All the paperwork
Old 09-07-2014, 04:18 AM
 
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I was a regular classroom teacher for 20 years in 7th grade and moved to a Title I position last year. There is soooooo much more paperwork and filing to do. I have to be part of a team that gives the whole school the DIBELS to grades K-3 and then I have to enter all those scores. I hate it! I am overworked and don't feel like a real teacher at all and I don't think my colleagues think of me as one like they did when I was a classroom teacher.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:34 AM
 
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Hi,
HQT stands for Highly Qualified Teacher. I received mine after teaching for a number of years. I'm not sure if there are other requirements besides that. There might have been a time when you had to actually apply for it.
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Hi I recently became certified in Special Education and am currently working toward my Masters in Ed reading and language arts. I would love to be a title 1 teacher and am not sure if I am following the right path but I feel that I am.

I used the Wilson phonics and I didn't care for it either for the younger kids anyway it has helped some of the older students who still had difficulty with reading. I really like the Leveled Literacy intervention Program from Fountas and Pinnell. This program offers scaffold reading, writing and phonics combined in a quick fun lessons that will capture the young readers attention
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