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    By Amanda K.

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    I'm not really sure if the alt. cert. program would cause a problem if you moved within your state. I know that most teachers don't care how you obtained your cert. as long as you are a good teacher. Things like diplomas tend not to matter as much in teaching as they do in the corporate sector.

    Some states, however, are going to make you do extra coursework to get that state's credential regardless of what credential you have. California, my state, is notoriously bad with this. Our state board seems to think that teaching in another state doesn't necessarily qualify you to teach in our state... ironic, since our state is pretty far down the list on which states have the best education system.

    But, congratulations on making this decision! I was in a master's of business taxation program at USC and was just starting to interview for jobs at Big Five accounting firms when I realized that the corporate world was going to make me miserable. I just wish I had gone to teaching to begin with - I love it so much. It's just the best decision I ever made.

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