After living in CA for just over 3 years, teaching a crazy schedule there for 2 1/2, taking 6 classes, and studying for 6 monster tests (equivalent to majoring in the test subject matter) and completing them all by January (we left in February) I submitted my application for a clear credential just in time to leave CA. I knew it was necessary to be "No Child Left Behind" compliant, and it would look good to have a CA and MI credential, but really I thought, all that hell for that? I must be crazy.... I wasn't... this week I was surprised.
My credential now reads:
"This document authorizes the holder to teach the subject area(s) listed above in grades twelve and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults."
Doesn't that mean I can teach Art or Geosciences to any age... well, except pre-preschool?
Now, I can actually dream again about teaching art... I am not limited to 7-12th grade (even thought they are my favorite). But now I am going to go check out all of my many options.
p.s. I had an interview...sort of... for a Guam Public School down south. They have two middle school science positions and an art position available, the art would only be a possibility if the sciences were filled first... it is about a 25-30 minute drive... I have mixed feelings about it. This is the hard part, I will make the most of where ever I am, but I no longer feel like I am so limited. So, now I look and wait, look and wait.