Getting teacher certification in the Virgin Islands?
I was curious if there are any teachers here!? I have been a special education teacher in Maryland for the past 16 years where I hold an Advanced Professional Certificate in Special Education K - Adult and Social Studies 7-12. I am interested in getting certified in the Virgin Islands as I hope to teach there in the next few years. I have been to their website and see an application for positions open and also requirements for certification but no actual application for teacher certification. How does on go about getting certified? Thanks in advance.
Once you arrive here, and are hired, you will need to take the History of the Virgin Islands class at UVI. Upon completion of that class, have your transcript sent to human resources (multiple times, if they lose it). Follow up regularly to make sure your file is sent to the Board of Education. The Board of Education only meets once every 3 months. If there is rain, they cancel, so it can take quite awhile to find out if your file has been approved. Once they approve everything, and feel that you have meet all the criteria for licensing, you will receive a Teaching Certificate of the Virgin Islands, stating that you are Certified and Highly Qualified.
While there are listings for positions available, don't get your hopes up. We had a pretty serious staff meeting last week regarding staff issues for next year. Because of the financial crisis we (the government) are in, we have been told that the administration must begin looking at reducing staff and consolidating classes and/or increasing class sizes. If you are not Certified AND Highly Qualified AND a US Citizen, your job is in jeopardy.
If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to PM me. You can read some of my previous posts for other information.
May I ask -- why are you interested in public school teaching in the VI?
Thank god people ARE interested in teaching in the public schools.
And, from what I've heard, the pay is seriously low...I had a lady friend that was a Guidance Counselor in TX and she moved here, got a job at Adelita Cancryn in the Special Ed class...she lasted for three days and walked out...it was that bad..not just the kids, but the lack of support from the school...I mean, they wouldn't even give her a pencil fer cyin' out loud! How silly is that?? No wonder our kids grow up with such awful educations...and why the private schools are so popular...
To answer the question of why public school
I have worked at a public school with at risk teens for the past 16 years in a county that borders Washington DC. I have found it to be very rewarding and thought somewhere down the line I would be interested in a change of location.