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Teaching in the USA

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by minipixie1, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. minipixie1

    minipixie1 New commenter

    I really want to teach in America. Is there any websites offering jobs or advice on applying? I have taught DT in schools in London and Asia. Looking for my next adventure.
  2. amysdad

    amysdad Established commenter

    There are a few international schools in the USA, mainly Nord Anglia ones as well as some other independents, but I don't think there's too many. You could look at an exchange program if you have been teaching for long enough.
  3. jeagles23

    jeagles23 New commenter

    I have just finished my degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science at the University of Worcester. Finishing my degree with a First Class Honours (Which is the highest degree classification we can receive within the UK). I am enrolled onto a PGCE for September at Birmingham City University in Primary Education, specialising in Special Educational Needs with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

    After finishing this year, I am looking to teach within a Special Educational school within the UK for up to two years, building on my existing wealth of knowledge already received within the area of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

    From here I am looking to immigrate to the USA, specifically Boston MA. This place is close to my heart and I have lots of background here, with family and friends.

    Can anyone help me with this, has any one done this recently? I would just like some advice regarding the possibility and or whether it is possible to move out to the USA, to work with the view to settle permanently as an Elementary Special Education Teacher.
  4. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

  5. tesolmath

    tesolmath New commenter

    Greetings, minipixie1!

    I wish you the best of luck. Please take the following with at least a few grains of salt. It has been some years since I closely studied the US K-12 educational market and my historical "knowledge" has been filtered through my perception and memory.

    For government-sponsored schools (called "public schools" in the US) every state - and some independent school districts in major metropolitan areas - has its own rules for granting teaching certificates. There are also "alternative routes" to getting certified to teach in most states. You might google "New York Teaching Fellows" to find an example. Most individual states' Departments of Education or State Boards of Education have on their web sites information about alternative routes to teacher certification. There are usually more options in shortage areas like special education and STEM. If you are willing to settle for a low salary, crumbling buildings and such, I see that Oklahoma City needs to recruit a lot of teachers - as many of their current teachers are leaving the profession after an unsuccessful attempt to get the state of Oklahoma to better fund education. Historically, Florida and Texas have both had fairly open routes to certification for people who (1) had at least a bachelor's degree; (2) could pass that state's basic skills test for teachers; and (3) had found a school district willing to hire them. Successful candidates in those states would then be granted a provisional teaching certificate and be given a year or two to complete courses required to be granted a full teaching certificate (while teaching classes at the school that had hired them).

    Many large school districts (Houston, LA, Boston, NYC, and etc) also have had special programs to attract not-yet-certified teachers to work in schools attended mainly by students who are deprived socio-economically. In some districts there is also a demand (read shortage) for bilingual teachers of EAL.

    Non-government schools (called "private schools" or "charter schools" in the US) may not require a US teaching credential - and certainly are not obligated to by law. Some are "International Schools". Others are simply non-governmental schools that (usually) charge tuition and fees for those who attend. Some are day schools (charter schools, for example) that may or may not have some religious affiliation. Others are boarding schools. Some - like the one attended by the current POTUS - are military schools.

    Like schools elsewhere in the world, most schools by now have completed their recruitment for the upcoming year, but there are still vacancies and shortages. This may be particularly true of troubled schools and school districts.

    Some clarification about the sort of teaching job you would like to try for in the US, as well as the nature of your teaching qualifications, would be helpful in trying to help locate resources you might find useful. In any case, I will try to locate some multi-state resources that might be helpful for you.

    I still sometimes receive offers from chartered schools through teachers-teachers.com even though I haven't visited the site or updated my profile there in a very long time.

    Here is a for-profit (?) site from Texas that MIGHT (or might not) help you get certified and/or employed at a Texas school in a short period of time - but be prepared to start paying right from the start: texas.teachersoftomorrow.org

    This site seems to have information about alternative certification for a number of different states; it may or may not be a for-profit site:

    Here is another site, this one for charter schools. You might want to read up on what those are.

    This site has 2112 jobs posted in independent schools:

    Here is another from the "Council for American Private Education":

    Please let us know how your journey progresses!

    If you can narrow down what you want, where and share something about your qualifications, I might be able to find you something more specific.

    Happy hunting!!

    samantham0761 and sashandt like this.
  6. tesolmath

    tesolmath New commenter


    I have attempted to send a fairly detailed response. Sixteen hours on my response is still awaiting moderator approval. I attempted to find a way to send you a PM by initiating a conversation but did not see a way to do that.

    Please initiate a conversation, if you will, so I can share the information I attempted to post for you.

    Kind Regards,

  7. sashandt

    sashandt New commenter

  8. sashandt

    sashandt New commenter


    Wow thank you so very much for your already very useful response. I got my Bsc Design and Technology in education with qts 5 years ago. My experience has been in Product design and engineering but I have taught in the behaviour unit, taught ICT, a little RE, food and textiles. My experience before my career in teaching was as a residential social worker, working with teenagers with challenging behaviour. In my last school I was STEM leader.

    We would love to live in California but are open to any area really. I do have 2 children who love outdoor activities so any family friendly busy places.

    Thank you once again
  9. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

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