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Old 08-01-2008, 08:19 PM
 
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There is another thread on here somewhere that has the exact number but I think in Collier County, 22% of teachers are considered out-of-field. That is compared to say 7-8% in other counties, states.
One must consider that a teacher can be out of field simply because he or she needs a class to be certified to teach students whose first language is not English. Let me explain. If we get a child in our class who is not proficient in English and we do not take an ESOL course within a year, we are considered "out of field" until we do it. I teach kindergarten. I have a BA in education and an additional certification in early childhood. This particular child was in my class for a total of two weeks and moved, yet I was listed as "out of field" until I took the course. This is so common that I would guess that probably more than half of all out of field teachers here are out of field only for that reason.

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Old 08-01-2008, 08:25 PM
 
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Wow, 40% is actually really low for students attending 4-year colleges. The last high school I worked at was at 83%. I would wonder why the school is not doing more to educate their students on the availability of colleges to suit everyone and financial aid.
Keep in mind that the statistic is only for full time students attending four year universities. Many students go to community colleges now. They are more previlent than they used to be in most all communities, most have an excellent reputation and they are much less expensive. Our oldest just completed his AA in a community college here and is transferring right there on campus to a university to complete his degree. Our middle child just graduated and will be entering our community college the end of this month. I see no problem at all with going to a CC.

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