What must I do to teach in the US?
January 7, 2010 5:08 PM Subscribe
Hypothetically what if I, a New Zealander who has just graduated in New Zealand with a Bachelor's degree in teaching at primary/elementary level, wanted to teach elementary school in the US? What would I need to prove and do?
Husband has opportunities for sponsorship to work in the US (wouldn't be our first time) and I'm currently about to start my teaching career. We're considering the US again, possibly California but not necessarily and if we do make the move we'll apply for green cards, so even if I can't work right away, I plan to later.
I've looked before at the requirements for teaching in various states for people with overseas training and most places I've looked are confusing and sometimes contradictory. What qualifications do US teachers generally need to teach elementary school, and what is the process to be a licensed teacher for a foreigner (assuming there is a licensing/registration process)? Has anyone moved to the US to teach and gone through this process who can tell me about it in a more subjective way? What is the job market like -- for example in San Diego or the Bay Area? How do teachers generally find jobs there? (In NZ there is a gazette that lists all current job vacancies for the country.)
I'm aware of significant differences in schooling in the US vs NZ, particularly in the way students are tested and assessed, and performance-based pay for teachers. Can anyone tell me a little more about the way teachers are paid and what benefits are generally available?
Is there anything else I need to consider or be aware of in making this decision (bearing in mind that it is one of many options including staying in NZ)?