Interested in High School English

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Interested in High School English

Postby scody » Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:30 am

Hello to all,

I'm graduating this December with a BA in English down in the lower 48 at a large state school, and I'm wondering what steps I need to take to become an attractive applicant. I've perused the EED site and a couple of things aren't crystal clear as of yet. It looks like I'll be wanting to get the "Initial Teacher Certificate", but I'm not completely sure. I've also ran NCAA Division 1 Cross-Country and Track for all four years, so I'm highly interested in coaching these sports as well. In regards to Alaskan experience, I've worked in the Kenai Peninsula (Homer and Seward) the past two summers and this would be the number one choice for me, but am open to anything. My work experience back home is primarily with my University's learning center and tutoring.

Essentially, I'm looking for some guidance. I know that I have to complete the BCE, and complete some multicultural Alaskan courses, but other than that, I'm a little unclear about what exactly I need to do. With only a bachelor's degree in English, what are my chances of teaching next school year? What are the steps I need to take? I'm looking for any kind of help and guidance. If anything needs clarified, just ask! I would like to relocate to Alaska this winter if at all possible.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Interested in High School English

Postby Johncn » Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:23 am


The Alaska EED Teacher Certification site is the correct first stop, and because regulations for certification are complex, you should contact them directly with your details and clarify your situation with them. EVERY non-traditional teacher candidate - which you are considered to be, as you do not seem to have any pre-service teacher preparation program in your background - has a unique situation. There may be exceptions to any advice you find here.

With that said, however, it does not seem like you would be able to work as a teacher without a certificate. Doing so is not possible in Alaska. There is no "emergency certification" as there is some states that would allow those with degrees in other majors to work as teachers in public schools.

In addition to the Basic Competency Exam (usually Praxis I), "Initial Certification" would appear to require either an "Institutional recommendation" from a pre-service teacher preparation program you completed (which you do not have), or enrollment in a teacher certification program for an "Initial / Program Enrollment" certificate. Any program such as that would have to meet certain requirements, and you as a candidate would have to make progress that would result in completion within a certain time frame. It's...complicated. ;-)

Initial / Program Enrollment Certification ... Enrollment

Again, I would recommend you talk to the nice folks down in Juneau regarding your situation before you make any major life decisions. Good luck, and let us know what they say in your case.


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