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SPED cert
Old 01-31-2017, 01:25 PM
 
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I found out today that basically all I need to do is file paper work, pay $170, and I can have a SPED certificate of eligibility. Once I obtain a position, I'd have to complete a SPED program through a college, basically alt route I guess.

I've been teaching ELA for 11 years. I'd really like to get into a suburban district closer to home. I've taught inclusion. I'm also certified as a reading specialist and would be interested in working in a resource room. I'm not sure how I feel about self contained.

Do you think it's worth it to get this certification? Would a district hire me if I let them know I could easily get the cert? Does anyone know what is involved in these programs?


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Old 05-09-2017, 03:59 AM
 
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Personally, I think that it's totally worth it just to have the Special Education Certification. In college I changed my major to be General/Special Education for a couple of reasons: 1. It's important to know how to teach all students and 2. It helps make me more marketable to employers.

A close family friend told me that a little over 5 years ago, her principal told her that he would have to let her go if she didn't get Special Education Certification. This is because she was not tenured, one of the last teachers to be hired, and the district was looking to have all of their teachers certified in Special Education.

I think your certifications and experience are strong and what employers are looking for however, I think having the Special Education Certification would surely be a benefit and I don't see any downside to it. The only downside I can think of is if the program you take is expensive but I'm sure you could find a college program that is not that costly.

If you don't already have your Master's Degree, this would be the perfect major for you!
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