I just finished the second-to-last step of my certification process, and was privy to some new information about my college that makes everything about the last year of struggling to get this done make more sense.
I also forked over more money. So here’s an exercise in accounting. For ease, everything has been rounded to the nearest dollar.
State fee for fingerprinting: $92
Site fee for fingerprinting: $30
Liberal Arts and Sciences Test: $79
Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written: $79
Multi-Subject CST: $79
Child Abuse workshop: $40
Violence Prevention workshop: $40
Not including school itself.
Well…I really hope this turns out to be worth it.
I’m taking on a second job just so I can afford to pay for all of these next year. If NYC needs teachers so badly, why don’t they subsidize these hmm?
NYC had actually been on a hiring freeze for a while with the exception of certain high-needs areas — math, science, bilingual, special ed, etc. (though they’re open again to all applications from what I understand, which is a big relief) — and for those areas, and IF you don’t already have certification or an education background, and IF you can get into the program, the NY Teaching Fellows offers a subsidized Master’s and certification.
If you decide to work on those things from the get-go, well, you’re SOL. I’m not sure what message they’re trying to send with that, but then, I don’t know what message school districts try to send by enacting hiring restrictions or freezes and then bringing in TfA, either.
More and more, it looks like the most fruitful way to go is to NOT go into education from the get-go, but career-change and go through alternative routes. One would think that it would be more fruitful to put some of the money they have for things like TfA into subsidizing certification for people going the traditional route provided they dedicate x number of years to teaching in high-needs districts or areas; I’d thought I’d opted into a financial assistance program based on that idea in NY State but never got any more information about it, so either I didn’t fit their criteria, they did away with the program before I was finished, or the program just wasn’t run effectively.
I can’t speak to schools outside of NYC, but I think the real reason NYC schools won’t subsidize certification costs is that they can’t afford it. I mean, public schools in NYC can’t always even afford enough textbooks for all of their students, the DOE is just not being given the money they need.
Well, the NYC Teaching Fellows is an initiative of the Department of Education and they do subsidize. They only subsidize, however, for career-changers. That’s why I wonder why they don’t do that same small number for Education students instead — wouldn’t a career-changer be more likely to be able to cover these fees than a student?