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Old 12-31-2011, 01:16 AM
 
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I am currently teaching special ed in CO and am looking to relocate. Honestly, Indianapolis wasn't on my list at first, but I've had SO many people suggest it to me as a good midwest city that people seem to have only positive things to say about. I'm originally from Cincinnati (I didn't want to move to CO, I had to because I couldn't find a job anywhere else) and it would be nice to be that close to my home city. I also assume though that your job market isn't much better than Ohio's for teaching (which is downright impossible). In some places, there's still a pretty good market for special ed. teachers. Is this true for Indianapolis? It's certainly not true in OH anymore. I did a search, but couldn't find anything recent about special ed. I currently teach k-5 resource for mild/moderate needs. I'm willing to do any elementary grade but want to stay with mild/moderate (as opposed to severe/profound). Is it even worth looking into Indianpolis?
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:16 AM
 
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I am currently teaching special ed in CO and am looking to relocate. Honestly, Indianapolis wasn't on my list at first, but I've had SO many people suggest it to me as a good midwest city that people seem to have only positive things to say about. I'm originally from Cincinnati (I didn't want to move to CO, I had to because I couldn't find a job anywhere else) and it would be nice to be that close to my home city. I also assume though that your job market isn't much better than Ohio's for teaching (which is downright impossible). In some places, there's still a pretty good market for special ed. teachers. Is this true for Indianapolis? It's certainly not true in OH anymore. I did a search, but couldn't find anything recent about special ed. I currently teach k-5 resource for mild/moderate needs. I'm willing to do any elementary grade but want to stay with mild/moderate (as opposed to severe/profound). Is it even worth looking into Indianpolis?
In the public school system that is hit or miss depending on the district.
However the Indianapolis metro area as a whole will probably have openings cause your friends might of told you were the fastest growing city/metro in the midwest and some of those people coming here have special ed needs. Any Suburban High School will probably have a few openings although i'm not the expert on this.
Also Private schools could have openings due to Indiana's Voucher law that was passed this year allowing low income families in the private school system.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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I find it interesting that you could not find a special ed job in OH as typically Special Ed is one of the most frequent openings.

This link, while not showing all openings in or near Indianapolis, might be a good starting point:

Indiana School Personnel Job Bank

You will notice that Math and Special Ed are the areas with the most openings.

And perhaps our young friend, BRG, can make a NY's resolution to stop posting useless, factually incorrect, non-responsive responses that only serve to "cheer on" Indianapolis.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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I find it interesting that you could not find a special ed job in OH as typically Special Ed is one of the most frequent openings.

This link, while not showing all openings in or near Indianapolis, might be a good starting point:

Indiana School Personnel Job Bank

You will notice that Math and Special Ed are the areas with the most openings.

And perhaps our young friend, BRG, can make a NY's resolution to stop posting useless, factually incorrect, non-responsive responses that only serve to "cheer on" Indianapolis.
? she asked about Indianapolis so i am not cheering on it for this person. plus the info i am giving is a reasonable response to what recently has been going on with Education in Indiana.
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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I find it interesting that you could not find a special ed job in OH as typically Special Ed is one of the most frequent openings.

This link, while not showing all openings in or near Indianapolis, might be a good starting point:

Indiana School Personnel Job Bank

You will notice that Math and Special Ed are the areas with the most openings.

And perhaps our young friend, BRG, can make a NY's resolution to stop posting useless, factually incorrect, non-responsive responses that only serve to "cheer on" Indianapolis.
There are probably more openings than other teaching fields due to high burnout, but there are also hundreds if not thousands of people applying for each opening in OH. My dad works in a decent suburban district in Cincinnati and his school got over 3000 applications for 2 special Ed positions last year. Most openings are also in secondary, which I'm not interested in or severe/profound or emotional/behavior disturbance which I'm also not interested in. There are tons of colleges in OH all telling their candidates to add a special Ed cert because it will make them more marketable. In the program I graduated from, almost 80% of the people added sped onto their certification. I know if someone was looking in OH it could be misleading because they would see a lot of open positions and might think the market is good. However what they wouldn't know is just how many people are applying for those openings, and that many districts simply list "intervention specialist" when the job is really working in a self contained classroom with severe behavior needs and things like that. That's why I'm asking here in hopes to hear from people within the educational system about what it's really like instead of just trying to look at job postings. Any information is greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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There are probably more openings than other teaching fields due to high burnout, but there are also hundreds if not thousands of people applying for each opening in OH. My dad works in a decent suburban district in Cincinnati and his school got over 3000 applications for 2 special Ed positions last year. Most openings are also in secondary, which I'm not interested in or severe/profound or emotional/behavior disturbance which I'm also not interested in. There are tons of colleges in OH all telling their candidates to add a special Ed cert because it will make them more marketable. In the program I graduated from, almost 80% of the people added sped onto their certification. I know if someone was looking in OH it could be misleading because they would see a lot of open positions and might think the market is good. However what they wouldn't know is just how many people are applying for those openings, and that many districts simply list "intervention specialist" when the job is really working in a self contained classroom with severe behavior needs and things like that. That's why I'm asking here in hopes to hear from people within the educational system about what it's really like instead of just trying to look at job postings. Any information is greatly appreciated!
I don't know. Every college in the state of Indiana offers a degree in special education. That means they are pumping out thousands of grads into an already severely oversaturated market. I graduated from Indiana University with a now worthless degree in elementary education. I have heard the "add a special ed cert" to my license about 1000 times or so. If I had a special ed cert on my license, I certainly wouldn't mess around with finding a job in Indiana because there are no teaching jobs here and haven't been in decades. I would probably try Texas or if you are the adventurous type, Alaska. Maybe look into teaching overseas??
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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I don't know. Every college in the state of Indiana offers a degree in special education. That means they are pumping out thousands of grads into an already severely oversaturated market. I graduated from Indiana University with a now worthless degree in elementary education. I have heard the "add a special ed cert" to my license about 1000 times or so. If I had a special ed cert on my license, I certainly wouldn't mess around with finding a job in Indiana because there are no teaching jobs here and haven't been in decades. I would probably try Texas or if you are the adventurous type, Alaska. Maybe look into teaching overseas??

lol not all of education is elementary.
Again not giving the whole picture.
What about Middle School or High School special ed?
Don't dismiss Indiana because of the elementary level of education honestly theres 2 more levels above that.
Plus Private Schools too.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:19 PM
 
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lol not all of education is elementary.
Again not giving the whole picture.
What about Middle School or High School special ed?
Don't dismiss Indiana because of the elementary level of education honestly theres 2 more levels above that.
Plus Private Schools too.
I'm not interested in teaching secondary. I assume there would be more openings in that, but I'm not going to take a job I don't want.
Thanks for the information, redroses. I kind of figured that Indiana would be similar to Ohio in regards to the job market, which is why I've never really thought of looking there before. I just thought I'd ask and make sure!
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:50 PM
 
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Independace academy is a high functioning asbergers private school that is growing. They might be looking for more teachers. They are in indy.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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Independace academy is a high functioning asbergers private school that is growing. They might be looking for more teachers. They are in indy.
Ya and plus with the new voucher law more people in the indy area are transfering to Private Schools.
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