Topic: Teacher Shortages
Every state in the SREB region is struggling to find qualified and certified candidates to teach the next generation. Emergency certifications – temporary licenses issued to people with little to no teacher training – are at an all-time high. Enrollment in college and university teacher preparation programs is down in most states. And only 5% of high school students expressed intent to pursue a career in education, ACT reported in 2017.
The tables below show the extent of the crisis in each SREB state.
Consider the big picture rather than individual policies in isolation. Today, a host of different state, district and federal requirements act on steps along the career continuum. Aligning policies from preparation through classroom teaching and leadership could keep teachers in the profession and attract a new generation of educators. Explore strategies on our Teacher Workforce pages.