Educators and para-professionals learned more about Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) substitute opportunities at a day-long recruitment event held by SCOE August 13.
Following an orientation session, candidates took advantage of on-site interviewing, testing and application submissions. Representatives from local teacher training and credentialing programs provided additional information about pursuing careers in education.
Dr. Robin Pierson, Assistant Superintendent/Special Education, received a rousing show of hands when she asked participants, "How many of you wake up each day wanting to make a difference in the world?" She noted that SCOE's primary needs are substitute teachers and paraprofessional educators in Juvenile Court Schools, Community Schools, special education for students with emotional disabilities, and special education for students with severe physical disabilities. Dr. Pierson described the many rewards of working with students in such non-traditional classroom settings and encouraged candidates to meet SCOE's teacher and para-educator "ambassadors" present that day to share their own positive experiences working with diverse populations of students.
To be a SCOE substitute teacher, one must have either a valid California credential or 30-day California Substitute Teaching Permit; possess a B.A. degree; AND have passed the CBEST (California Basic Education Skills Test).
Paraprofessional educators must have a high school diploma. A para-educator is a school employee who works under the supervision of a certificated or licensed staff member to support and assist in providing instructional and other direct services to children, youth, and families. Para-educators play an important role in providing educational opportunities to students in our local schools. SCOE's greatest need for paraprofessional educators is within its Severely Handicapped Programs.
More details regarding these and other job opportunities are available by contacting the SCOE Personnel Department at (916) 228-2332.