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Old 08-30-2016, 08:54 AM
 
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I have an Art History bachelor's degree, but I'm currently working as an instructional aide for reading in a high school. I'm working in the library for the majority of the day, but I'm also helping teach Reading classes. I am wanting to return to school to get my Master's degree, and I would like to teach English with the potential to eventually become a library media specialist. How do I go about making this a reality?

**The school I work at will be hiring an English teacher in December. Is there any way I could be considered for this position? If I go ahead and begin my Master's in English/Secondary Edu, will that help possibly get an alternative/emergency certification?

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In my state you can work on an Alternative Licensure Program where you have a temporary certification and must show progress to getting certified. Check your state department of Ed website and look under certification/licensure. If I was you, I would get a Master's in Library/Media Specialist, if that is your ultimate goal.
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It depends on the state requirements, as well as, the districts policies and hiring trends. I have a bachelor's degree in social and behavioral sciences, which means I've covered all the theories in learning and teaching, as well as, child and adolescent development extensively, but it counted for absolutely NOTHING towards coursework in education. I also learned how to do objective assessments (using operational words that can be measured), collect data, do the statistics, and interpret it. I also took classes on how culture and the environment influence learning and development, as well as, guidance classes on talent development.

Then, I substitute taught for 5 years, taking over classes for up to a week (with holding a short-term sub license), sometimes with no lesson plans. I was very disappointed. I've done 2 years worth of coursework on content I've already learned and have to complete a 5 year teacher ed program, regardless of earning a bachelor's degree with highly overlapping content from one of the top universities in the state. After 2 years, we are just now getting to do lesson plans.

In my state, it takes a degree in a subject area (English, Math, Physical Science, etc..) to go the alternative license route to teach high school. There are no alternative routes for elementary or if you have a degree that is outside of the subject areas, it doesn't qualify for the alternative route. Also, experience working in schools, does not count for anything either. This is info. for the state and colleges where I reside, so it could be somewhat different in your state. Like the OP suggested, your state department of education website, would most likely have the specific requirements in your state.

I'm sorry if this seems negative; it's the experience I've had and has been an area of great disappointment. Financially, I drained 5 years worth of savings (I saved to go back to college), and I'm not even half way through. It took the college a year to decide if some of my classes counted, and they did not. I'm not sure if I"ll be able to finish realistically. We're living on a minimum wage job with a couple hundred dollars income a month from our rental. There's been times I can't afford to buy food. I've struggled with whether going back was the right thing now.
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