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Old 05-16-2017, 06:37 AM
 
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Hello!

I am a first year (Math) teacher in NJ ... My boyfriend is having a hard time finding a job (also has a teaching degree... in Phys Ed) and we're so desperate to the point of applying to Myrtle Beach (Horry County Schools) and moving away from NJ so that he can get a job ... He hasn't been able to find a full-time teaching job since graduation over a year and a half ago!

Granted, he didn't even apply to Horry County yet, we're still beginning to think about the possibility of moving there as teachers...

However, I know absolutely nothing about SC Schools like I do NJ Schools ...

My questions include:
1. Are teachers living comfortably in SC? Pay wise.. I know that buying a house is a LOT more reasonable down there. We looked into buying a house up here and for a crappy $300,000 house in my area, the mortgage would be like $2,100 a month!! (Mortgage+10,000 a year taxes)
2. Is there tenure or any type of protection for teachers? (No union down there, right?)
3. How do observations work? Is that what teachers' jobs are based upon?
4. Benefits? Are they good? In NJ, the coverage we have is so good... $10 co-pays and never a bill for a surgery or anything.
5. PENSION? Is there one?
6. Transferring NJ cert to SC cert... Easy? Or no?

..Also, my father and sister live down there so if we get jobs there it would be pretty easy to transition into a living situation so not really worried about that.

Thank you to anyone who can offer ANYthing to this conversation!!
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Old 05-16-2017, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Conway
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Hello!

I am a first year (Math) teacher in NJ ... My boyfriend is having a hard time finding a job (also has a teaching degree... in Phys Ed) and we're so desperate to the point of applying to Myrtle Beach (Horry County Schools) and moving away from NJ so that he can get a job ... He hasn't been able to find a full-time teaching job since graduation over a year and a half ago!

Granted, he didn't even apply to Horry County yet, we're still beginning to think about the possibility of moving there as teachers...

However, I know absolutely nothing about SC Schools like I do NJ Schools ...

My questions include:
1. Are teachers living comfortably in SC? Pay wise.. I know that buying a house is a LOT more reasonable down there. We looked into buying a house up here and for a crappy $300,000 house in my area, the mortgage would be like $2,100 a month!! (Mortgage+10,000 a year taxes)
2. Is there tenure or any type of protection for teachers? (No union down there, right?)
3. How do observations work? Is that what teachers' jobs are based upon?
4. Benefits? Are they good? In NJ, the coverage we have is so good... $10 co-pays and never a bill for a surgery or anything.
5. PENSION? Is there one?
6. Transferring NJ cert to SC cert... Easy? Or no?

..Also, my father and sister live down there so if we get jobs there it would be pretty easy to transition into a living situation so not really worried about that.

Thank you to anyone who can offer ANYthing to this conversation!!
I'm sure that you will love SC. We are moving from Charleston to Conway (MB area) into a one story house. As for the school systems, I'm sure that you can contact the Horry County Schools System and SC Department of Education. As far as how good they are, I'm sure that the parents of children who are in the school system can tell you what they think.

Have a happy day!
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Old 05-25-2017, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Hello!

I am a first year (Math) teacher in NJ ... My boyfriend is having a hard time finding a job (also has a teaching degree... in Phys Ed) and we're so desperate to the point of applying to Myrtle Beach (Horry County Schools) and moving away from NJ so that he can get a job ... He hasn't been able to find a full-time teaching job since graduation over a year and a half ago!

Granted, he didn't even apply to Horry County yet, we're still beginning to think about the possibility of moving there as teachers...

However, I know absolutely nothing about SC Schools like I do NJ Schools ...

My questions include:
1. Are teachers living comfortably in SC? Pay wise.. I know that buying a house is a LOT more reasonable down there. We looked into buying a house up here and for a crappy $300,000 house in my area, the mortgage would be like $2,100 a month!! (Mortgage+10,000 a year taxes)
2. Is there tenure or any type of protection for teachers? (No union down there, right?)
3. How do observations work? Is that what teachers' jobs are based upon?
4. Benefits? Are they good? In NJ, the coverage we have is so good... $10 co-pays and never a bill for a surgery or anything.
5. PENSION? Is there one?
6. Transferring NJ cert to SC cert... Easy? Or no?

..Also, my father and sister live down there so if we get jobs there it would be pretty easy to transition into a living situation so not really worried about that.

Thank you to anyone who can offer ANYthing to this conversation!!
You have to have an actual education degree in South Carolina in order to teach there. That is where I'd start. I know not all states require an education degree to teach.
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Old 05-25-2017, 02:19 PM
 
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You have to have an actual education degree in South Carolina in order to teach there. That is where I'd start. I know not all states require an education degree to teach.
NJ is one of the states that allows to use the reciprocity agreements. I found this for you. I highlighted the 27 month paragraph for you because you said you're a first year teacher.
Starting pay in Horry County schools is roughly 36K. I don't think they have tenure. As far as house prices go, night & day from up north. You can buy a home for under 200K and pay only about $600 a year in taxes. Good luck...hope you find what you want in life.

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South Carolina Teacher Reciprocity Agreements

South Carolina offers educators from out-of-state the opportunity to use reciprocity agreements and their current credentials to gain teaching certification in South Carolina. There are two main certifications available to out-of-state teachers: 1.) Reciprocal Initial Certification and 2.) Reciprocal Professional Certification. The Reciprocal Professional Certification requires verification of at least 27 months of full-time teaching experience. The Reciprocal Initial Certification is for candidates who have not yet gained 27 months of professional experience.

For more information about requirements and the process for certification through reciprocity, explore the South Carolina Department of Education website, or call 803-734-8466.

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