Teacher Certification Lacking in Poor States

The fields of math & science are considered to be fields of “great need.” It is difficult to find someone qualified to teach a calculus or physics class that will agree to living off of a fraction of the salary he or she could be making in the real world. In addition, many of the states lacking in teachers in math & science, make it extremely difficult for someone that studied only math or science in college and not education. I Louisiana if a teacher has a “pure” degree in math or science they have to go to school for 33 hours beyond their bachelor’s and teach for three years before they can be certified. These 33 hours will not all count towards a masters. It often takes two or more years to complete the program. In addition, they do not get any extra time off and are expected to work full time and take classes. In some areas they are expected to pay for the schooling themselves. Why would someone with a degree in math or science choose to go through this? On the other hand there are some alternatives, if you are willing to give up your entire summer and three thousand dollars you can get certified after the three years of supervised teaching. I am fixing to have my master’s in education in December but still won’t be certified because I have an undergraduate degree in mathematics and the classes that I took to go towards my master’s don’t all count for certification. In my opinion, having a master’s should supersede certification classes. However, I have to go through an entire appeals process to get certified. With all the “hoops” they have people qualified in math & science going through, people often choose to stay in their field. It is a shame that they are turning many qualified people away with their ridiculous requirements. I understand the need to teach people how to “teach” but the fact that so many classes are required at such a great cost of family time and money is simply too much.