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Advice on education degrees - tried the education board, but may have more luck here


Replies to: Advice on education degrees - tried the education board, but may have more luck here

  • jmnva06jmnva06 Registered User Posts: 701 Member
    Both of my daughter went to school in a different state then they they are teaching (d2 graduates in 4 days and starts working in August).

    D1 had no issues getting certified-- it was just a question of taking a couple of exams.

    In terns of things to look for, I think the most important thing is ensure she is certified when she graduates. Also getting into a classroom ASAP is key
  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,756 Senior Member
    Wherever she goes to school is where she will receive her practicum hours. That's where she should expect to be hired.
    California is a huge state and has many options for her education. She doesn't necessarily need to be in the northern part of the state to go to school.. Our CSU's are very strong for most education majors. For the price, it's a good deal. Teaching is a noble profession but that doesn't mean her paycheck will reflect that. Save your dollars and have her look throughout the state. She'll find that there are many options.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 75,605 Senior Member
    @blossom I agree, but when I responded, the OP was mentioning colleges in CT but not UConn. So...that’s why I mentioned Southern.

    There are a lot of colleges...a lot...with active Hillel that also have education programs. Any flagship university will have that...I listed some above...but U of Delaware is another.
  • fleishmo6fleishmo6 Registered User Posts: 567 Member
    The college of New Jersey started out as a teachers college. Still IMO the best ranked for putting out teachers in the state of NJ . Nice campus and does well getting its grads employed.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 13,666 Forum Champion
    If she is thinking about Middle school/high school, then she could go to a state school anywhere and major in a content area, (e.g., Math, science, english, History, etc) and then get a Masters in Adolescent Teaching in the state where she wants to work. This way you can put off figuring it all out.
  • zeebamomzeebamom Registered User Posts: 1,338 Senior Member
    Western Washington University in Bellingham has a great Ed program. In Washington, she’d major in something else and also take Ed classes. A Masters isn’t required, but many teachers get one to get better pay.
    A sibling has taught all elementary grades (to 6th), and has settled on primary, gr 2. I wouldn’t get a degree in early childhood Ed, unless low pay, low/no benefits is ok.
    Observing or volunteering in a special ed classroom or blended class would be beneficial prior to deciding on specializing. It isn’t for everyone.

    Since hiring is often dependent on student teaching, going to school in the state where she plans to teach makes a lot of sense.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 13,827 Senior Member
    OP- you are likely overthinking this. There are hundreds of public and private U's/colleges that will give future teachers a good education. Most will have the Hillel and other services to suit her. Assume finances are not the deal breaker for her.

    Her priority in choosing schools will involve figuring out where she intends to work. Each state has specific requirements that would include local geography, history and political type knowledge. It makes sense to go to school where she intends to live for this reason. People can attest to the greatness of many schools, but frankly, the best ones will be where she intends to live after college as they will teach her (inside and outside the classroom) about local/area culture. She may need to figure out her chances of being admitted to a school of education as with high demand they could be competitive.

    I think you will notice a common thread in answers- it depends where she wants to be.
  • jmnva06jmnva06 Registered User Posts: 701 Member
    I'm going to disagree that deciding where to go to school=deciding where to work.

    Most states have reciprocity agreements that make getting jobs in a different state not that big of a deal.
    My impression is that most of my daughter's classmates are not staying in the same state as her school.
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 75,605 Senior Member

    Reciprocity agreements are not everywhere. They just aren’t.

    BUT the worst that can happen is that a graduate needs to take an addition Praxis test in most cases.

    I’ve had certification in four different states...with no real issues, but I do have the equivalent of national board certification in my field which made it really easy.

    In my state, a grad from another state needs to take the Praxis here...and they do check to see that all the required courses have been taken for certification.

    Teachers move from state to state all the time. That’s not an issue.

    But the connections you make during college, student teaching, etc. can help you with your entry level position, sometimes. After you have experience..that experience is what will matter.
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Registered User Posts: 27,379 Senior Member
    Since you are not planning to stay in CA, have not made up mind where you want to move and your DD is not set on returrito work there after college, I suggest she find a school she likes, in an area she likes. A lot of kids stick around where they went to college, if the jobs, housing and atmosphere is conducive. Keep that in mind when looking at schools.

    Money not a huge issue here, so you look for some nice schools that have an education program that can get her on her feet after grad as a teacher. Someplace where work opportunities are there. Visit and see how it clicks. Frankly, most of my kids didn’t have a major, much less a career in mind when they were looking st schools but the feel of the school the atmosphere was all important. Visits are a good idea.
  • mom60mom60 Registered User Posts: 8,141 Senior Member
    I live in Ca. I can share a couple of experiences I’ve seen in recent years. My niece graduated from San Diego State a few years ago. She went to work as a preschool teacher which she loved. Unfortunately it doesn’t pay a living wage. She is just starting a elementary credential program at another Cal State with the goal of being a K teacher.
    Another friend went to Seattle Pacific and got her education degree and teaching credential in 4 years. That credential is good in both Washington and Oregon. She knew going into her program that she would not be able to teach in Ca without going back to school to get the California credential. California is not a state known for having reciprocal credential programs. She should just go in knowing that if she gets her degree out of state and decides she wants to come back to Ca she will need to go back to school for the credential.
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