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I am wondering which of these would most increase my odds of getting INTERVIEWED. I seem to have no problem with referrals but not getting interviews. Background, I have a masters in my field, a variety of trainings, and over 7 years teaching. Which of these should I consider:

1) national board certification. I am already doing it anyways because i live in NC and will get a very nice salary boost from it. I just dont know if it matters for DOD. If it does maybe I'll work on it faster!

2) additional certification in special education K-12. Currently I am certified B-k, and dont really want to teach above that range but I dont think its hard in NC to add that.

3) I was qualified only for Disabled PREK and needed 3 courses for regular PREK. Should I just take those a la carte?

4) other stand alone specialized trainings that are current and relevant? Anything on military families perhaps? I feel like I'm fairly maxed out on trainings but im sure there ...See More
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MsWatson I didn't mean to disparage older kids with special needs (that is where my students go after all!) I have just avoided it because I have a SED background and do not want to get kids with those behaviors who are bigger. At 46 I'm not as quick on my feet anymore. I have been told that the DOD schools tend to have more of the LD and mild or moderate k...See More
Oct 20
MsWatson I didn't mean to disparage older kids with special needs (that is where my students go after all!) I have just avoided it because I have a SED background and do not want to get kids with those behaviors who are bigger. At 46 I'm not as quick on my feet anymore. I have been told that the DOD schools tend to have more of the LD and mild or moderate k...See More
Oct 20
haha No problem with me. Most people have preference and favorite groups to teach. I started in Mod to Severe and enjoyed it, for a few years. :S Now, I would not want to switch from LI HS/MS.

It is true that students are screened fairly heavily with DoDEA and even the Mod to Severe students are generally less severe/behaviorally involved than ...See More
sillyrabbit I've worked with all types of children in SPED in school and out of school as a Residental Counselor in a group home and immediate care facility for children with severe disabilities. This year I'm a 2nd grade General Ed teacher and I'm also taking classes for Elementary Education because of Pennsylvania (dual certification in order to teach SPED u...See More
Oct 20
Mary If you love the littles, add preschool. Civilians overseas are not screened through EFMP, so there are some locations with more severe behaviors than others. I agree that while adding sped might get you the referrals, if you don't want to teach older kids it's Murphy's law that you will be required to do so.
Oct 29


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