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Unread 02-25-2008, 03:42 PM
 
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Default Teacher question...does TX teaching credential transfer to CA?

Does anyone know if a Texas teaching credential transfers over to CA? I might be moving to Dallas but my boyfriend and I will eventually move back to CA and I heard that CA credentials can transfer anywhere but a Texas credential wouldn't transfer to CA. Does anyone know if that is for sure?
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Unread 02-25-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Does anyone know if a Texas teaching credential transfers over to CA? I might be moving to Dallas but my boyfriend and I will eventually move back to CA and I heard that CA credentials can transfer anywhere but a Texas credential wouldn't transfer to CA. Does anyone know if that is for sure?
Check the Texas State Board for Educator Certification site on the requirements for getting certified in Texas coming from another state.

Welcome to the State Board for Educator Certification (http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/ - broken link)

You will need to check with California's State Board to see what their requirements are for certifying back from TX to CA.
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Unread 02-26-2008, 09:09 PM
 
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Thank you. I went to look at the CA state board, everything is so confusing to me.
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Unread 02-26-2008, 10:35 PM
 
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Texas credentials won't transfer to any other state from my understanding. Even if you come from California I think you have to take the Texas state test for teaching credentials. One of my teachers I work with came from California and she had to take the test.
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Unread 02-27-2008, 12:25 AM
 
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sonshinelife, do you know if your friend had to take only a test or did she have to take any classes as well?

It's a possibility that I will be moving to texas with my boyfriend and I'm trying to figure out if I should get my credential in CA or TX. It's also possible that we would eventually move back to CA after a few years so I thought if I only have to take a test for TX then I should just get the credential in CA.
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Unread 02-27-2008, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Irvine, CA to Keller, TX
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Does anyone know if a Texas teaching credential transfers over to CA? I might be moving to Dallas but my boyfriend and I will eventually move back to CA and I heard that CA credentials can transfer anywhere but a Texas credential wouldn't transfer to CA. Does anyone know if that is for sure?
A TX credential does transfer but your additional requirements differ depending on if you have taught 2+ years in the state that you received your credential.

Check out this link. It will provide you with requirements for out of state credentials.

My Plan

Let me give you some advise regarding finding a teaching job in CA. It is very difficult because of the budget crisis. My daughter went to TCU and received her teaching credential. She moved back to CA and was able to immediately get work as a long term substitute. She taught complete semesters and shorter stints also. Everyone loved her, several principles tried to help her get a contract teaching job. This went on for 2 years. The average pay in the districts she applied was $39,000 to $43,000.

She went to Texas to visit a friend from college during summer break. While she was there she visited the charter school in Fort Worth where she did her student teaching. She met with the principle, she was astonished that my daughter had not been able to land a full time teaching position in CA. The principle had my daughter run over to another school where she knew the principle. My daughter met the principle, they talked for a while and she came back home. Within a week she had an offer to teach 1st grade making just under $40,000. Good teachers can do much better in TX than CA. My daughter makes just over $42,000 and believe me it goes a lot further in TX than CA.

My daughter loves teaching in TX and would not consider teaching in CA. The out of pocket money she had to spend in CA was easily over $1000 for the year. Funds for the classroom in CA are almost no existent. If you add that to the huge classrooms in CA, 32+ is normal, and the cost of living, teaching in CA is not that attractive compared to TX.

I thought I would just offer my observations as the father of a truly dedicated teacher that loves teaching in TX.
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Unread 02-28-2008, 03:57 PM
 
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This is a response to Soccersupporter's comments about teaching in TX: I am a teacher in California and agree with you about the problems associated with budget cuts. Fortunately, I have been teaching in my district for 8 years, so I haven't encountered problems entering the work force right now. I do, however, have friends who are desperately trying to find full time teaching positions and have not had any luck. Districts are freezing hiring and threatening to increase class sizes so they can release the intern teachers and those who are long term subs. The job prospects in the Riverside County areas are not too promising. I would love to move to the Plano/Frisco area and teach there. It sounds like a real improvement over the CA schools!
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Unread 02-28-2008, 07:08 PM
 
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My friend did not have to take classes as she was a certified teacher. She just had to take the Texas test. I think though she has to keep up hours for maintaining her certificate. I believe this is the case for all new teachers to the Texas system. I fall under the old umbrella so I honestly don't keep up with the new criteria to maintain certification so I don't know exactly how many hours they have to maintain to keep current on their certificate. If you find a district like ours you will find that it is pretty easy to maintain hours through the district offerings. Typically larger districts will provide a lot of training for teachers.
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Unread 02-28-2008, 07:28 PM
 
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In Texas, the elementary classes are limited by law to 22 students per class. Much better situation than many states!
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Unread 03-01-2008, 04:02 PM
 
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Well, maybe the California schools are problematic, but on the other hand, you only pay $6,000 property tax on a middle class house.
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