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Old 05-30-2009, 11:50 AM
Location: Irving, TEXAS
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Does taking a job in a daycare setting (Kindergarten) hurt your chances of getting a job in a public or private school? Will the time taught count towards years of experience for the state if it is a licensed ceter?
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Old 05-30-2009, 02:15 PM
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the time taught in daycare will not count in Texas as years experience unless they are part of the TRS system and I honestly don't think any are ...sorry

it would get you some experience with kids
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Old 05-30-2009, 03:49 PM
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from what I have seen taking a job with private education--church school, day care program if you are pre-K certified, or with a charter school--is basically going to hurt you if/when you attempt to get hired by public ISDs...
basically they don't want you...many principals consider anyone working in private education to be someone who could not cut the mustard so to speak and view them as second rate--
anyone who is good (in their minds) would have been able to get a job teaching in regular school...
whether that is fair or not--is not the issue--but I think it is their mind set...

if you have to take a job in a day care environment to have a job--I can understand that--
my daughter's best friend who graduated with elementary degree when she did took job teaching at Primrose school when she could not get hired here after college--
she graduated from Southwest TX in San Marcos and of course did not do her student teaching in this area--she was just shut out basically from getting interviews--and that was about 8 yrs ago...
she tried a couple of times to get hired by local districts but just could not get anything going...and she is really a good teacher--she is a kindergarten teacher at that same Primrose--and because she teaches a certified class--she does not work in the summer--keeps basically same schedule as public schools do--but is not paid as well and does not pay into TX teacher retirement system--no private schools do
but a CHARTER school that receives state funding does pay into teacher retirement ...
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Old 05-30-2009, 04:55 PM
Location: The Village
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Kindergarten is ont considered to be daycare in Texas. It's an actual part of the school system.
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Old 05-31-2009, 11:37 AM
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kindergarten IS available in some day care centers--students who pass do get credit and can go to public ISD first grade the next year...
as such, those classes follow state curriculum requirements--BUT they are not part of any local ISD's program
teachers SHOULD be state certified--but day cares can get exemptions for teachers who are not state certified...
teachers who work in those situations do not earn credit towards state retirement programs and most of them probably don't get credit for being a kindergarten vs day care teacher if they try to get hired by public ISDs...
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