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Old 03-24-2011, 10:49 AM
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So I've attended community college for the past two years and I've decided to go into the elementary education with a bilingual extension. Is having a bilingual extension more marketable, or should I focus on something else, like reading specialist? Also, it seems like you need a lot of experience to go on to graduate school and also for when my time comes to start applying for teaching positions, so should I sub as well? Will I find time to sub???

I applied to CUNY City, Hunter, Lehman and York and still waiting for a reply. I found that these schools have a very good teaching program, so will the school name make me marketable? Also, how rigorous would the curriculum be???

Just please help me out here. I'm a bit overwhelmed.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:16 AM
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How hard is it to get a teaching job in NY, NJ and PA? Extremely hard. Teachers are being laid off left and right. The best advice I can give you is to go to college in the state where you want to teach. Your best bet for getting your foot in the door is connections through your college and that means in the state where your school is and where you want to teach.

Since the schools curriculum is pretty much mandated by what is required by that state's ed department, you will have similar classes depending on the state. That is your NY schools will generally have the same curriculum which will be slightly different then the one at York. The overall quality of the teachers will vary. Figure out where you want to work and then go to the accepted students visits. They should each have something for transfer students.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:06 PM
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Unless states have different requirements you don't need experience to get your masters. Many schools have 4 plus 1 programs- get your masters right after undergrad.
Confused by what you mean, "Will you have time to sub)? You won't sub until you graduate, so then you will have time. Depends on the school if you get a job or if you get a job after subbing. Good luck~!
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:55 PM
Location: Stoneville, NC
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Totally go with bilingual angle. Marketable, YES!!!! Subbing is the best thing you can do to build experience. It will help you learn classroom management and give you an idea of whether or not you really want to teach. It is a calling not a job. LOVE IT! Times are hard now but there is always going to be a market for teachers. Do something to make yourself stand out, like being bilingual. GOOD LUCK!
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:19 PM
Location: Great State of Texas
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Also try to find a teacher who will let you help in the classroom. Probably won't get paid for it but you can work flexible hours around your classes and get some experience under your belt and have a mentor at the same time.
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