Looking like I need a new science credential

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    If the district is seriously considering the three-class option, I'll guess that there aren't many other qualified geoscience teachers in the district or that they anticipate a shortage. And if a whole district has to go one way or the other, rather than implementing the model that works with their staffing - well, I think that's stupid.
     
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    I am going to see to the head of science curriculum of the district in the morning for a training and plan to ask for clarification then.
     
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    So yea. She said they were still deciding but since most other districts have already gotten rid of Earth Science she says it is hard to argue to keep it as a seperate class. She said a few people with the credential would be moved to middle school and the rest pink slipped.... On the plus side she said it would not happen next year, but maybe the year after. So there is a little time to start testing into other subjects. It will just be a little harder for me to pass with a new baby and no sleep....... It still makes me mad that I put in so much work to be credentialed in my subject and be NGSS aligned and I am being essentially told its all worthless now. I also do not think it is fair that no other science subjects have to get another credential or worry about being pink slipped even though they will be supposed to be teaching a third of the Earth Science standards.
     
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    I guess it makes sense in a science teacher shortage money saving way also. By getting rid of the introductory Earth Science course they are going from 4 required courses to three so they would need1/4 less science teachers per high school which would save them money and mean that they would need to hire/replace 1/4th less science teachers as other teachers retire. That would help them overall in a science teacher shortage I guess.....
     
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    Sorry to hear that. I'm very surprised they weren't more accommodating at the High School level.
     
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    I am in the process of getting my single subject teaching credential and just passed the general science 215 CSET and Earth/Space Science CSET in 2018.
    Now I find out that school districts (in CA) are not going to be hiring Earth Science/Geoscience teachers?
    My independent research reveals the UC system will no longer accept high school Earth science (with lab) for admission to their university. And many school districts in CA have already started to integrate Earth science into the big 3: Bio, Physics and Chem.
    Am I going to be stuck teaching middle school with my Geoscience credential?
     
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    It seems like it. Have you considered teaching biology and/or chemistry?
     
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    I guess now I'm starting to lean towards Chemistry. My credential university is already pointing me towards student teaching at an 8th grade middle school. My background is business/finance, not sure how likely I am to pass the chemistry exam. This is a second career for me. Anything beyond the Khan Academy or Introductory Chemistry will be too far out of reach for me.
    BTW, I sub a lot in middle schools in my area. It's no picnic.
     
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    Hugs, 99 percent. What got you to choose geoscience to begin with? Is it an interest you had from high school science or perhaps your undergrad general-education coursework? If so, you have a foundation in science generally: build on that, and leverage the ways in which chemistry is relevant to rocks.
     
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    I took the chem
    Khan academy is good for practicing for the new chem cset. Just get a chem textbook and use Khan academy.

    Iv realized in the last year the joke is really now on my district because we got a look at samples from the textbooks and the classes are all earth based now. So chem is really geochemistry, and physics is actually geophysics and astrophysics so as a geologist I feel like I get the final laugh. Many teachers are complaining because they do not understand how to apply their class to earth processes. Iv taken both geochemistry and geophysics classes so I do not have that problem. I plan to add both my chem and physics credentials within the next year.
     
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    Glad to hear you're doing that, Geologygirl, and don't forget to spin this anecdote for future job or grant applications, or maybe developing workshops for your fellow teachers... It's also good to hear that earth science isn't going away.
     
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    I love the positive outlook and please let us know how you do on your certification tests.
     
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    I find out if I psssed the Chem one Friday. Fingers crossed.
     
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    I had not thought about workshops for fellow teachers, but sounds like a good idea.
     
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    What review material did you use for Chem?
    If textbook, can you indicate whether it was general chemistry or introductory chemistry?
     
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    I’m rooting for you!!!
     
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    I used 5 sources:
    1. Chemistry The Central Science- college chemistry textbook
    2. Barron's Chemistry book
    3. Khan Acadamy Chemisrty course.
    4. Various online websites
    5. CSET Test Secerets
    The Khan acadamy course, and Barrons were a good foundation, and if they did not cover in detail a part of the study guide I went to the college textbook. I used the online sources to learn organic chem.
    The secrets of the CSET was useful for a practice test. Barons has some lower level practice test too.
     
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    Did you pass Chemistry?
    I am using:
    Chemistry - The Central Science,
    Schaums's Intro Chemistry,
    Khan Academy,
    and various online/Youtube

    I'm hoping I can pass with knowledge of general chemistry / intro chemistry or what most college students study in their first two semesters.
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    That's going to be a pretty decent foundation, 99 percent. If you're generally a good test taker, I think you've got a decent chance of passing, and perhaps more than a decent chance. Don't forget Wikipedia for quick help with a specific term you happen not to know.
     
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    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:15 PM

     

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