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Teaching in USA

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by leavinglondon, May 9, 2007.

  1. Does anyone know how I could go about finding a teaching job in U.S.A? OR even getting a visa to teach in the USA? i AM A british citizen if this helps...
     
  2. Does anyone know how I could go about finding a teaching job in U.S.A? OR even getting a visa to teach in the USA? i AM A british citizen if this helps...
     
  3. one of the most useful places to look for information is usually the department of education for the state you are looking to move to - check out thier websites, or if possibly speak to someone on the phone. The NYSED website is useful is you take your time to search out the info you need. One way of getting over to the states to teach is to find an employer over there to sponser you a visa - but that isn't saying this is an easy way. Have you considered the VIF program?
     
  4. To teach in the US you will need to do the following.

    1. Find a school district that is willing to sponsor your visa. School districts (not the State!!) can sponsor on J1 - this is a three year visa that allows educators to come and teach temporarily. It is rare that a school district will have the money or access to H1B's - a longer term visa with an option to the Green Card program. These are generally reserved for large technology companies.
    2. Find a job. If the school district are willing to sponsor your visa then they must have a job for you. If you are in a specialist demand area like Special Education you will have a better chance.
    3. Get certification for your State. You will need transcripts of your degree program and all your paperwork to submit to the State teaching council who will assess this, give you your GPA and then tell you what Praxis exams you will need to do to secure your certification. This varies from State to State and you will have to go through this all over again if you move States.

    Now that all sounds pretty easy. Speaking from this end it is not easy. The northern states are tied up in unions - the southern states don't have them. There are demands for teachers but not the resources to bring them in from abroad unless using a teaching program like VIF or Teach America. They have agreements with The State Department. I have heard of a few teachers that are being recruited in Miami, Florida, New York in general and a few mid west states like Colorado but most I know have come with hubands or have married Americans etc. It is VERY difficult to do it on your own.
    VIF is a good way of getting an idea whether you will like teaching in the States. Check out www.vifprogram.com first - then if it floats your boat, you can look to see if you can make if more permanent. This is frowned upon but happens.

    All the best with it!
     
  5. hello there,
    i have tried to email you but the address is not working. Are you still around to offer some help?
     

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