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Old 11-02-2010, 04:54 AM
 
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As an ESL teacher with 13 years experience and a Master's in TESOL, would it be difficult to get lateral entry into Wake County Schools as an ESL teacher? Thanks for the info...
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:57 AM
 
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I think lateral entry is really tough in Wake county right now. Not sure about ESL, of course--probably the best course is to see if there are jobs on the county website. I have 15 years experience teaching college English and wanted to teach high school and was told they can't even look at my app b/c they have to prioritize all the displaced certified teachers, and there are many.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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I'm confused, if you have 15 years experience and a master's degree, why do you need lateral entry? Do you not have an NC teaching certificate? Not hard to acquire.
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:59 AM
 
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Do you speak Spanish? I know that esl teachers don't need to know the language of their students but many times the schools (at least elementary) rely on the esl teacher to translate/communicate with the Spanish-speaking parents. If you have Spanish I'd say you have a good chance of getting a job. Otherwise I don't know. I'm not saying you can't get a job without it, just that I don't know enough about demand to know.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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If you have Spanish I'd say you have a good chance of getting a job. Otherwise I don't know. I'm not saying you can't get a job without it, just that I don't know enough about demand to know.
I think this is good advice. Spanish is in demand in every industry. Lateral entry was designed to address a teacher shortage years ago. There is no shortage now. By all means try because someone has to get hired and it might be you, but look elsewhere as well.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:23 AM
 
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Yes, just apply for an NC license in ESL or any other area you qualify for...if you had a certificate, you should be able to get another one. But if you are certified in one area, I don't think it is considered lateral entry if you apply for a position in another area (I could be very wrong about this!)
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