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Old 08-20-2009, 04:20 PM
 
Location: rural Alabama
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We can move to any state (preferably in the Northeast). I am about to take my Praxis exam in ESOL K-12. I haven't decided on which state I should apply at for certification. We do not want to live in Alabama anymore. I am thinking of Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York & Virginia.

Any ideas? Advice? If you had to choose between any state good for teaching, which one would it be? I know it is hard to find a teaching job in this economy but I still need to start a process of getting a teaching license somewhere.

Thanks!
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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It depends on how much experience you have and what your bachelor's is in.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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Not to tag along on this thread, but I'm also wondering about ESOL prospects. I have an undergrad degree in international relations and politics with a minor in Latin American studies and am considering getting a MAT in ESOL (and reading) from GA State with hopes to teach in 2 years in GA. Hopefully I'll make TFA so I'll have teaching experience to go along with it but I don't want to waste my time planning on getting a masters in teaching if job prospects are as bad in that field as for the rest of teachers. My ideal teaching position would be in social studies (in particular bilingual social studies) but there are too many SS teachers now looking for jobs.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: rural Alabama
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It depends on how much experience you have and what your bachelor's is in.
I just graduated so I do not have any experience. I have only done student teaching for 6 months outside of the US. My bachelor's is in Secondary Education with a teaching major in Foreign Language Instruction
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Any ideas? Advice? If you had to choose between any state good for teaching, which one would it be? I know it is hard to find a teaching job in this economy but I still need to start a process of getting a teaching license somewhere.

Thanks!
Virginia, in particular the northern part (check counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William). There is a need for ESL and the school districts are good. Fairfax lists 4 ESOL positions on their vacancy list right now (2 elem, 1 middle, and one hs). Although the cost of living is relatively high, it is a nice area to live in, especially if you are a younger person.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I just graduated so I do not have any experience. I have only done student teaching for 6 months outside of the US. My bachelor's is in Secondary Education with a teaching major in Foreign Language Instruction
Right on. I consider your student teaching experience, especially b/c it was abroad.
Did you specialize in a particular language? If so, then many schools will consider you qualified to teach that (and only that) particular language. ESOL is completely different from foreign language instruction. If I were you, I would get a job as a foreign lang teacher and then work toward getting an ESOL endorsement. Or do what the above poster is doing and get a MAT.
This is the only link that I know of for finding ESL jobs:
www.nais.org
There does not appear to be a huge demand for ESOL teachers right now (although, ironically, there are many instructors and jobs for teaching ESOL to prospective teachers, as it is part of the NCLB requirements.)
Good luck.
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Old 08-22-2009, 04:28 PM
 
Location: rural Alabama
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thanks to all who answered! I already have a MAT degree. I am also going to look into programs to become a Math teacher.
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:15 AM
 
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At this point in time, it is probably easier to get a job teaching ESL/EFL in Asia than in the USA.
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