321. Subject: uncertified teacher. QUESTION: Do you have any advice for a highly qualified and uncertified English teacher from another country to find a teaching position? Any district in your knowledge which will be willing to sponsor a H1 B visa and offer job at least on conditional permit?
To answer your question: Public Education in the USA is a STATE responsibility. Each state decides on the requirements needed to hold a valid Teaching Credential and to teach in public schools within that state, for grades Kindergarten to 12th grade.
For college-level teaching, there are NO specific certifications or permits -- your qualifications may be sufficient to obtain a teaching position at any PRIVATE college or university or at a public state college or university. You just need to request interviews with the head or chairperson of the English Department or the English-As-A-Second Language Department.
There are many PRIVATE agencies offering English Language Programs to foreign students.
Basically, these are your options, unless you contact a school district in URGENT need of English Language Teachers and the school district is willing to help you obtain the proper credentials or permits. There are foreign teachers teaching in public schools in many states through special programs in areas with great shortages of teachers.
I wish you the best in your effort as you try to find the teaching position you seek. Make as many phone calls as you can and explain your situation. There are many possibilities, but it may take some effort to find them.
Dear Dr. Sadek, Thank you so much for your kind reply and I am doing exactly what you have said trying to contact various private schools. Thanking you again.
I am forwarding your messages to two colleagues who may give you more up-to-date advice as you search for a teaching position. They may provide better information on the situation in their states.
Best of possibilities to you, C.S.S.
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