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How hard is it to get a teaching job in California?
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My husband is considering a job in the Sacramento (Rancho Cordova) area of California. I am currently happily teaching in TX and just finished my 6th year. My certificate is Generalist 4-8 with a 4-8 Science Supplement and ESL Certificate tacked on to it. How hard is it to get a job in that area of California now a days? We could probably do without me working for the first year if we went for it, but would need my salary after a year since we have 2 little ones 2 and under. Any input is most appreciated. Thank you in advance for your insight.


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It seems that districts do hire new teachers every year due to the amount of teachers retiring. With that said, districts used to get a monetary incentive to have class size reduction. That money is going away/district no longer feel it is worth it. A lot of districts in Northern CA (where you are looking) have eliminated it. Therefore each school has fewer positions.

I don't know too much about Rancho Cordova, but know before the recession it was the "In" place. A wealthier area to live in. It has the reputation of being the place where the rich people go to live. No clue how the recession has hit them.

Unless things have changed, if you want to teach in CA, you have to get a CA Credential. It is a year program. A teacher at my school taught many years in Hawaii and had to go and get a CA Credential.
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My district (BCSD) is hiring.
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But only in 7th-12th grade. So, if you're single subject, I would apply.
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Old 07-31-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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I live in southern CA, but I have family near that area.

I'm not too sure how your certificate would transfer to CA. You may want to look into that first. CA has a multiple subject credential (K-8 - middle school classes must be core classes, ie Social Studies/Language Arts block), and secondary (6-12) credentials. I'm not sure what jobs you'd be qualified for with a 4-8 credential, since there is no such thing in CA. It will be easier for you with the ESL certificate I would imagine, since every CA teacher must have ESL authorization (CLAD) build into the credential. Start with the CA department of education website and go from there.

As for the Sacramento area, all of the major Sac county districts have had a LOT of layoffs the past few years, and jobs are hard to come by up there. I have seen elementary jobs posted in the outlying, more rural areas surrounding Sacramento County, especially El Dorado County to the east - but even there, the jobs are few and far between. I've also seen jobs in West Sacramento, but those have all been internal only. I don't think Folsom-Cordova (that's the district you'd be in) has really been hiring at all, unfortunately. So to answer your question, I think it would be very hard to get a job in that immediate area, but you might have more luck if you're willing to commute 40 minutes or so.

I'm sorry to be a downer. The thing with CA is that there is a lot of uncertainty about budgets, jobs, and where things are going. For example, Elk Grove, which is just to the south of Sacramento, laid off a few hundred teachers, but then hired them all back just a few days before school started. You may want to look at the Sacramento Bee's website, in the education section, to get a better idea.

There are charter and private schools in the Sacramento area, also, if that is an option for you.

Your odds would be better if you can teach middle school science, but you'd have to check on the reciprocity of your certification with California.

I wish you the best of luck - it really is a great area and a fantastic place to raise a family. I love it up there. And you never know what could open up! CA's teacher job market is very unpredictable, which could be a good thing for you, who knows!
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I must admit it is super hard to get a job. I applied to 175 positions in Sac County and those surrounding counties, had a handful of interviews, and landed only a part time position, but worked my way up to a full time position in the district eventually. This was with 3 years experience and a clear CA credential, so not so new or too many years. My best advice is get your CA credential and sub in some districts so they get familiar with you and would call on you if there is anything open full time. Best of luck!


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It's unfortunate but teaching has become a field where only the "cool people" are hired. It doesn't matter what your education is, how highly qualified you are, or even how much you love working with children- if the principal and the other teachers/staff don't love you and think you are "cool"; you won't get the job.

It has basically become a sorority/fraternity for adults.

It's horrible and completely unfair what's happened to education.

I'm fully credentialed and have been in my school district for 6 years and I have yet to get hired for a full time teaching position. I work as a part-time reading specialist. Much older women (from another town and district) who the principal also knew and had social contacts in the district were hired over myself and other qualified candidates in the school. It's who you know and who likes you. Nothing more. It doesn't matter how much time you put into your job, or how many years you've been there. It's completely political.

What a complete waste of education. I should have studied something else.
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