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ESL in DoDDS schools?

 
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giovanni



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:14 pm    Post subject: ESL in DoDDS schools? Reply with quote

Hello

I am a 27 year old woman. I have been teaching biology and English for ELL students for 2.5 years in a pubic American high school

I want to work at a DoDD school. I don't really care where (Guam or Cuba sound great)

I have my BA in English Education and a M.Ed in TESL. I am certified to teach biology, English, and ESL in my state. I have applied online to DoDEA and it says I'm not qualified to teach biology because I don't have 50% of my coursework done in biology! Yikes that was kind of my meal ticket there.

1. How useful is a cert in ESL to get a job at a DoDD school? I'd prefer teaching ESL over English.
2. How likely is it that I will get a job at semester (Jan 2013) or should I just wait til Aug 2013


I have no dependents

THANKS

Any advice/stories would be greatly appreciated
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:44 pm    Post subject: Re: ESL in DoDDS schools? Reply with quote

I have a couple friends teaching Spanish in DoDD schools. Competition is tough. One got in because her father was military, the other guy jumped the 2 year waiting list because he knew the teacher who was retiring.

You have a science cert, so just are missing courses. So take some more.
WeDoDude says this, "You will have no problems getting hired by DoDEA if your certs are in a high needs area. Those high needs areas are:

Special Education
ESL
Math
Science"

1. How useful is a cert in ESL to get a job at a DoDD school? I'd prefer teaching ESL over English. Seems like it's good, http://internationalschoolsreview.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2234&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=dodea&start=15
2. How likely is it that I will get a job at semester (Jan 2013) or should I just wait til Aug 2013? Apply early. Update your bio at least once a year. It's a waiting game.


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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's hard to predict the need for DoDEA teachers abroad and nationally; you just have to apply to see whether your qualifications are a match and if the timing and the teaching location are ideal. Anyway, you might want to read up on teaching ESL in DoDEA schools. Try http://www.dodea.edu/Curriculum/ESL/index.cfm for starters. In fact, I suggest taking time to thoroughly check out the DoDEA site.

By the way, I'm a proud product of the DoDEA schools. Cool
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
By the way, I'm a proud product of the DoDEA schools. Cool

WHich schools were you at?
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NG:

My dad was in the US Army; I attended DoD schools mostly while living overseas. That was ages ago, but I've always maintained that I'd received a solid education---one that put me ahead of my peers when I started attending public schools once stateside. Can you imagine seventh graders in the US taking a class about world religions? Additionally, I had mandatory language classes in each foreign, host country. (Just wish I'd kept up with those languages...) Sad Anyway, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
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giovanni



Joined: 16 Oct 2006
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Location: Texas USA

PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: ESL in DoDDS schools? Reply with quote

naturegirl321 wrote:
I have a couple friends teaching Spanish in DoDD schools. Competition is tough. One got in because her father was military, the other guy jumped the 2 year waiting list because he knew the teacher who was retiring.

You have a science cert, so just are missing courses. So take some more.
WeDoDude says this, "You will have no problems getting hired by DoDEA if your certs are in a high needs area. Those high needs areas are:

Special Education
ESL
Math
Science"

1. How useful is a cert in ESL to get a job at a DoDD school? I'd prefer teaching ESL over English. Seems like it's good, http://internationalschoolsreview.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2234&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=dodea&start=15
2. How likely is it that I will get a job at semester (Jan 2013) or should I just wait til Aug 2013? Apply early. Update your bio at least once a year. It's a waiting game.


Super helpful. Thanks naturegirl
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