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Old 08-18-2007, 01:04 PM
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My husband and I are considering a move with his job (he is military) to the Lehigh Valley. He would be stationed in Allentown. I am a teacher with 10 years experience, certified in Elementary and Special Education. My question is, how hard is it to find a teaching job in that area? I know that some areas of PA are saturated with teachers, but I wasn't sure about Lehigh Valley. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 08-18-2007, 01:14 PM
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It is difficult to find a job in any of the suburbs surrounding Allentown, Bethlehem or Easton but the cities themselves often have openings. There was an article in the local paper that talked of many teachers in Allentown retiring this past Spring. Since PA is one of the top teacher producing states in the country there are always many more applicants then positions. Hve you looked into what you need to do to teach in PA? Teaching in PA: About Certification for Applicants Prepared Outside of Pennsylvania (http://www.teaching.state.pa.us/teaching/cwp/view.asp?a=94&q=32455 - broken link)

I believe that you will still have to take the Pennsylvania Praxis tests.
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Old 08-19-2007, 12:00 AM
Location: Eastern PA
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Teaching jobs seem to be SO scarce in this area. In many of the smaller districts such as where I live, you had better know someone or have OUTSTANDING credentials to get a position. A good friend of mine had been pounding the pavement aggressively seeking a job in this area in four different counties. It took him a year, but he finally landed one.

Once you get PA certified, I would say that finding a special education position would be easier, from what I see in the classifieds and hear around the area. It is true that Allentown had lots and lots of openings, it was in the Morning Call about a month ago, although I don't know if they have many filled.

I wish you lots of luck!

Last edited by karen_s; 08-19-2007 at 12:00 AM.. Reason: spelling
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