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Old 11-04-2010, 12:30 AM
 
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I may be moving to Seattle in the coming year and need to get a sense of what the job market is like for Special Education teachers. What are the chances of getting into a school district in January vs Summer/Fall? Full-time or Part-time? Are substitute teaching positions tough to get, as well? Any good insightful information would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Mississippi
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I may be moving to Seattle in the coming year and need to get a sense of what the job market is like for Special Education teachers. What are the chances of getting into a school district in January vs Summer/Fall? Full-time or Part-time? Are substitute teaching positions tough to get, as well? Any good insightful information would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Anyone have insight on job outlook for Special Ed teachers in the Seattle area? I would also like to know.
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:21 PM
 
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I decided to try and move to Seattle last June but I wasn't going to move without first having a job. Fingerprinting and other paperwork got me a residency permit by July and I started looking after that. I had two offers in August and took the one with the district that appeared to have their act together the most.

I was surprised at how fast it all went. I was interested in working in secondary or adult transition so I may have had the benefit of looking for a position that is harder to fill in the first place. The biggest pain was that each Washington district has its own ideas about the online application process. I spent an eternity filling out applications so I'd recommend starting early.

There's also the need to take more tests to prove that I'm highly qualified. It's annoying as I just finished getting my CA credential. I sure have a gift for timing.

Three months into the job and I'm not convinced that I'll be renewing next year. We may be competing for the same jobs next spring. Teaching appears to be seasonal so most jobs will be for the 11/12 school year.

Good luck.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Mississippi
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I decided to try and move to Seattle last June but I wasn't going to move without first having a job. Fingerprinting and other paperwork got me a residency permit by July and I started looking after that. I had two offers in August and took the one with the district that appeared to have their act together the most.

I was surprised at how fast it all went. I was interested in working in secondary or adult transition so I may have had the benefit of looking for a position that is harder to fill in the first place. The biggest pain was that each Washington district has its own ideas about the online application process. I spent an eternity filling out applications so I'd recommend starting early.

There's also the need to take more tests to prove that I'm highly qualified. It's annoying as I just finished getting my CA credential. I sure have a gift for timing.

Three months into the job and I'm not convinced that I'll be renewing next year. We may be competing for the same jobs next spring. Teaching appears to be seasonal so most jobs will be for the 11/12 school year.

Good luck.
My certification is reciprocal with Washington, and I actually started my education program in Washington (through a satellite school) and finished last spring, so I am good to go on that. Glad to hear it wasn't a struggle for you. I am currently in a state with a fiercely competitive job market for teachers, so I am subbing.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:04 PM
 
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This information is very helpful for me too. I have my M.Ed. in special education (generalist) and I'm licensed in Nevada. However, my family may be moving to Washington this coming year. Any updates on the job market for this coming fall? Are special education teachers in demand? How can I find out if Nevada has reciprocity with Washington? Thanks for any direction you can give me.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:19 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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My wife is in Special Ed here, and there is a huge turnover rate. Their school has gone through 6 teachers in 3 years, they burn out and go back to classroom teaching. Still, with state budget cuts in education there's a
good chance of layoffs and while much of Special Ed is federally funded, some of the qualified teachers that left it are more likely to stay with it, or go back to to it to keep a job.
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Capital Hill
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As a retired school teacher I would say that there is always a need for Special Education teachers. It is easy to get on the substitute teacher list. You will need a Washington State Teacher's Certificate however.
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Old 06-20-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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I'm an older person beginning the ARC program and working towards Special Ed certification. I'm trying to decide whether to accept the federal loans that require me to work in a Title-1 school. Do you think that there will be jobs for us career-changers in the Seattle special ed arena in coming year?
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