“Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers”
“California and other big states particularly hard hit, raising supply concerns”
“Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career. Nationwide, enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have fallen by about 10 percent from 2004 to 2012, according to federal estimates from the U.S. Department of Education's postsecondary data collection.”
“Some large states, like heavyweight California, appear to have been particularly hard hit. The Golden State lost some 22,000 teacher-prep enrollments, or 53 percent, between 2008-09 and 2012-13, according to a report its credentialing body issued earlier this month.”
“Though the decline is probably due to a multitude of factors, the reason topping many analysts' list is the budget crunch that hit the nation in 2008. In California, Ms. Sandy believes that the state's layoffs of some 30,000 teachers during the Great Recession sent a clear message to potential candidates that the profession was no longer a reliable one.”
Rea the whole thing here: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/22/09enroll.h34.html?cmp=ENL-EU-MOSTPOP
The question I want to ask here is: what do teachers think is causing this trend and when it will it reverse?
If you do the math, at some point there will be a massive shortage of teachers because people will retire. How do we make sure Schools and more importantly students’ needs are met?
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III