Re: Job realities? ESL vs. Foreign Language teaching?

    On 12/10/07, Laura Bailey wrote:
    > I've been seriously thinking about changing careers for
    > some time and getting into high school teaching, but I
    > don't know if I can afford it. I tought EFL in the Peace
    > Corps so I do have enough experience to know I enjoy
    > teaching. However, after reading some of the posts on this
    > site, I'm feeling quite discouraged. There is no way I can
    > afford to work part time subbing for year. Is it really
    > that hard to find a teaching job in Colorado? What is the
    > average wait time and how do people support themselves
    > until they're hired? I can't imagine you can support
    > yourself subsituting. Also what are the most competitive
    > areas for high school teachers. I'm considering going for
    > certification in either social studies, Foreign Language
    > (Spanish) or ESL. I'm guessing it's fiercely competitive
    > for foreign language teachers, but would like to confirm.
    > Any advice would be appreciated!Yes, it really is that hard to find a teaching job in Colorado.

    It IS possible to support yourself substitute teaching. I've
    done it. If you sign up in four or five districts, you WILL
    work every day.

    The average wait time is two years in most districts.

    Be advised: Most districts have an unwritten two-year rule:
    Substitute for two years, then you might get hired. Douglas
    County, however, has a baffling policy of NEVER considering
    substitutes for full-time positions.

    Social Studies and English are the most difficult positions to
    attain in high school. ESL is probably your best bet!

    Good luck!