Trailing Spouse - best options?

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svennorske
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Trailing Spouse - best options?

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In short, what is [are] the best path(s) for a trailing spouse at a T2/T3 IS to become fully QTS in 6-12 ELA and ESOL with a B.S. in an unrelated degree? I'm talking Licensure that is recognized and preferred in both IS and DS to fluidly transfer back and forth between IS and DS schools? Most US high schools are now requiring ESOL teachers to have a content licensure, as ESL demand has waned - ELA or Social Studies seems to popular partners. I realize there is TeachNow/TeacherReady including the TeachNow M.Ed., but I've only read about these for K-6 licensure. Is it the same procedure for MYP/DP content areas - simply take the course and pass the content tests? This might work for IS schools, but I would think a majority of Domestic State Ed Boards would require undergrad coursework for actual licensure? or is this mistaken? Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Trailing Spouse - best options?

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1. In short, what is [are] the best path(s) for a trailing spouse at a T2/T3 IS to become fully QTS in 6-12 ELA and ESOL with a B.S. in an unrelated degree? I'm talking Licensure that is recognized and preferred in both IS and DS to fluidly transfer back and forth between IS and DS schools?"

The DC or Florida teaching licence through either Teach-Now or TeacherReady would be recognized by most international schools. Also check out iTeachDC for a potentially cheaper option. Which specific country are you referring to when you say DS schools?


2. "I realize there is TeachNow/TeacherReady including the TeachNow M.Ed., but I've only read about these for K-6 licensure. Is it the same procedure for MYP/DP content areas - simply take the course and pass the content tests?"

Yes, same procedure (at least it is for DC, not sure about Florida). You just take the relevant content and PLT tests to get licenced in additional areas.

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Here is an ISR article which appeared on our Discussion Boards that you'll find helpful.

https://internationalschoolsreviewdiscu ... solutions/

svennorske
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Re: Trailing Spouse - best options?

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Smoko wrote:
> The DC or Florida teaching licence through either Teach-Now or TeacherReady
> would be recognized by most international schools. Also check out iTeachDC
> for a potentially cheaper option. Which specific country are you referring
> to when you say DS schools?
>
> Yes, same procedure (at least it is for DC, not sure about Florida). You
> just take the relevant content and PLT tests to get licenced in additional
> areas.


Referring to the US, specifically the state of WA. Do you think these are some actual feasible pathways, given the trailing spouse's background/B.S. is business with no licensure experience?

1. TeacherReady EPP->Pass ESOL + Social Science Broad Field (leverage business background towards Econ?)->2yrs IS exp teaching SS or Econ -> transfer 12 TR credits towards CSU Global M.Ed in Teaching and Learning
2. TeacherReady EPP->Pass ESOL + English 6-12 (leverage ELL exp)->2yrs IS exp teaching English->M.Ed
3. TeacherReady EPP->Pass ESOL + Business Edu 6-12 (leverage Business exp)->2yrs IS exp->M.Ed

Eventually the goal is to transfer the FL professional licensure to something with a lifetime like CA Clear

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Both Teach Now and Teach Ready offer credentialing programs in secondary subjects as well as primary. Teach Ready has better portability as far as obtaining QTS, but you must be a US citizen to effect completion of Teach Ready and obtain the FL credential. Either program requires that you complete the program and pass the relevant professional exams. The main difference is that Teach Nows field experience is 3 months essentially requiring you to have a classroom already, and Teach Ready is 5 days. There are some other minor differences. DC is a 4 year credential, FL is a 5 year credential. FL is easier to renew than DC. You can retake the exams every 5 years to renew in FL as opposed to other PD. DC requires more hours than FL but DC is more flexible if exams arent your thing. Both credentials are about the same for mobility (with the exception of QTS above). While both wont be a problem for IE, moving into DE or within DE is going to be a problem for any of the credentials. You typically can relocate to another state and get some kind of credential, but experience, testing and other requirements will vary. The most mobile in the US is getting an NTSB certificate, but thats another process on top of a credential. You typically dont have to do coursework in many states (not all), some state only have academic preparation, though they usually do have some kind of mutual recognition.
If you want QTS and thats the end goal, Teach Ready is going to present the best option.

Highly qualified status is the US often means that SPED/SEN/LD, ESOL and G&T DTs need another inclusive credential to actually work in a resource or general education classroom, that isnt supplemental instruction. The system can be really complex and it is just easier to require another credential than it as to maintain and monitor DTs for compliance. States handle it differently in some the obligation is left up to the LEA/district and you can get a credential in anything, other put the burden on the regulating authority for credentials and require that you meet it to receive any credential.

All of your listed options are viable pathways, though CSU global is a bit pricey for an M.Ed. WA is pretty lax. Youve completed a EPP/ITT program, you have a credential and you took acceptable exams. You wont have a problem getting they residency teacher (professional grade) credential. Though if your goal is the CA clear credential you will qualify with the pathways you have described.

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