Increase Your Options
Increase Your Job Possibilities
Thousands of teachers have been given pink slips and many were laid off. Are you worried whether there will be a teaching job for you?
California’s long-term picture includes a great demand for teachers, particularly in high need subject areas (special education, mathematics, and science). We know this because:
- Large numbers of teachers are ready to retire. According to the Center for Teaching and Learning, various counties throughout the state (including Sacramento and counties east and south of Sacramento) are projected to lose between 41 and 59% of their teachers between 2005-06 and 2015-16 due to retirement. (Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, 2008)
- Changes in student enrollment. Between 2007 and 2017, student enrollment is projected to increase in inland counties and some central and northern coastal counties. (Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, 2008)
- Declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs. From 2002-3 to 2006-7, enrollment in teacher preparation programs decreased by more than 30%. (Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2009)
- Declining number of teaching credentials issued. From 2002-03 to 2006-7, the number of Level I credentials issued decreased by almost 11%. (Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2009)
What makes this difficult for you is not knowing exactly when the state’s economy will improve, and what types of credentials will be needed, in which school districts.
Here are some actions you can take that could increase your marketability and help you weather the current budget shortfalls:
- Obtain an additional credential
- Add Subject Matter Authorizations to your existing credential
- Add a supplementary authorization to your existing credential
- Teach Adult Education
- Teach Vocational Education