I have just moved to Texas and am currently trying to get a job. I have my Visa in order, permission to work and have my social security number. I have eight years of teaching experience with a Bachelors in biology, PGDE(S) in Teaching Biology and Science and a Masters of Education in Pastoral Care, Guidance and Student Support. I had been teaching IBMYP, IBDP and IGCSE for three years in Singapore before I moved here. At the moment, there only seems to be jobs in public schools nearby. My understanding is that I would need Texas Teaching certification (from what I've read, I do not need this for most private and charter schools but I can't find any job openings in my area). I got an interview after meeting with an assistant principal of an IB school at a job fair who was interested in my IB experience but ultimately said I need certification. I've been told by Texas Teachers alternative route to certification that I would have to undergo all basic training as a teacher again including content exams, lectures on behaviour management etc as well as classroom observations and/or being a classroom assistant. It seems like I would be taking ten steps backwards in my career. Is there any other way I can get certification whereby I wouldn't have to pay $4000 (and the rest) for the pleasure of going back to basic teacher training? I already paid a lot of money to get the current level of training and experience. I would rather invest upon the development of what I already have. If it's the only route I can take, I'll take it with a hard working smile on my face and will to suck it up in terms of money haha. Does anyone know if there are any other routes? Can you give me your experience if you have been in the same situation? Thanks in advance for any advice.