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Old 03-16-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: NJ
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It's simply a case of supply and demand.

Elementary school jobs are the hardest to get, simply because anyone can get a degree in elementary education, there are 500 applicants for every 1 job. And people don't leave the job that easily, here in NJ, public school teachers make a good buck, so people stay a long time.

If you want to be a teacher, get a degree that everyone else doesn't have. If you could teach high school physics, you'd have a job tomorrow, at almost any school you want, starting at any salary you want. Why? Because nobody has a physics teaching certification anymore. Just in my high school, we are down two physics teachers. The state only graduated 2 physics teaching degrees last year. Supply and demand.
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:34 AM
 
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You people ARE aware that you are replying to a post made almost six years ago, right? And that a quick click on the OP's name will tell you that s/he hasn't been back here since 2008?
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Old 03-16-2014, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Looks bleak if you aren't connected with some district or the NJEA.

Have you considered private schools or going to another state? I hear they are always looking for teachers down in Florida.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:45 AM
 
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I just left a school district received my Masters in Educational Leadership and looking for a job on the administrative level. I have 11 yrs in education in teaching. I am looking for career fairs in education for November 2014. Does anyone know of any taken place thought New Jersey?

Thank you,
Hopeful
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Old 10-25-2014, 07:03 AM
 
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You people ARE aware that you are replying to a post made almost six years ago, right? And that a quick click on the OP's name will tell you that s/he hasn't been back here since 2008?
It's still interesting reading. It's enlightening to read about how NJ teachers are well-paid and their unions have developed an insular "good-ol'-boys" type club to keep the goodies within the family, particularly if you're moving from another state. Also interesting to read about how they're biased against people who get experience teaching at private schools. Gotta say, it doesn't give me a good first-impression of the state.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:26 AM
 
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I just left a school district received my Masters in Educational Leadership and looking for a job on the administrative level. I have 11 yrs in education in teaching. I am looking for career fairs in education for November 2014. Does anyone know of any taken place thought New Jersey?
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Old 10-26-2014, 05:34 PM
 
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Y sister teaches catholic here in north jersey after subbing a while out in LA. public school jobs are very difficult to get, her story mirrors yours exactly OP. She barely makes ends meet and couldn't afford her house if she didn't have her boyfriends income as well. I might also add you need connections. She now has a gig lined up in public school and it is strictly because the superintendent of the school has known my father for 30+ years...
Welcome to NJ... It's a shame that it is like that sometimes.
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Old 10-27-2014, 12:56 PM
 
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$23000 per year, how is one suppose to survive with that income in NJ?
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Old 08-09-2016, 08:14 AM
 
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I know this post was written in 2008, but can anyone give me updated information about this topic. I am in a very discouraging position at the moment. I graduated with my bachelor's in education in 2014, have my teaching certification, experience, and excellent references. It is now 2016 and I am half-way done with my master's degree in special education. I have almost $70,000 in student loan debt and am planning on continuing my education past my master's degree.
I have applied to 50+ school districts, both in high and low income areas, and have not gotten one call back. I have taken on many small tasks including teaching summer school, working with students with disabilities in a private setting, teaching pre-school, etc. I was only making between 18 and 25K per year.
It is very upsetting and discouraging that I have done all this work and have all of this debt and not even be able to pursue my dream of becoming a classroom teacher. I am considering dropping out of school and finding a basic 9-5 job just to make my ends meet. It really is a shame that I cannot pursue my dream of teaching because finding a job has become so political and biased.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:21 AM
 
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Well first off you need to complete your master's as it is pretty much a minimum for Special Education. Halfway doesn't mean anything.
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