Now more than ever before is the best time to be a teacher! The state of California alone is experiencing a huge shortage of qualified educators. According to the California Teachers Association, "With about a third of the teaching force nearing retirement, the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning estimates that California will need an additional 100,000 teachers over the next decade."
Here are 4 important facts you need to know now:
- The teacher workforce is expected to hit a critical low as the youngest Baby Boomers turn 50 in 2014
- The number of new teaching credentials issued has declined by 30% in the last 5 years
- California State Teacher's Retirement System reports an increase of 8.5% in teacher retirements over the last 3 years
- California "must begin to prepare an increasingly experienced teacher workforce to implement the recently-adopted Common Core State Standards."
Over the next month, Brandman faculty and staff will go deeper into the facts stated above on the Brandman Blog so be sure to stay tuned. Until then, this is what we are doing to help our communities find teachers and the steps we are taking to assist with the state shortage:
Recruit, Recruit, Recruit!
The university is putting a strong emphasis on our community partnerships and relationships with school districts. By hosting career fairs in areas with a great need for teachers, we bring qualified candidates directly to the schools. So far we have successfully held career fairs at our Fairfield, Walnut Creek, and Modesto campuses with over 25 people receiving job offers on the spot! The public has responded positively with news coverage of our Walnut Creek career fair and requests for more recruiting events in different counties. Visit our Events Calendar to stay up-to-date on future career fairs.
Be The Source Of Information
Our School of Education is comprised of leading educators, administrators and non-profit professionals who are well informed of the latest updates regarding the teacher shortage. With their knowledge and expertise, they host events to inform the community and those interested in becoming teachers with everything they need to know. Our Riverside campus is making countless efforts to support the Inland Empire community, an area heavily impacted by the shortage of teachers, by offering education programs to those interested in becoming teachers and spreading awareness of the need throughout the area. With a wide range of degrees from bachelor's programs in early childhood education to doctorate programs in organizational leadership in addition to a multitude of credentials, Brandman University is making it easy to find a program that fits your needs while shaping the next teacher workforce.
Our doors at all of our 25+ campuses are always open. If you have any questions or need information on how to become a teacher or on other career fields in the education industry, we have staff readily available to meet with you. We can recommend programs that fit your schedule and get you on the right path to joining the rewarding world of education.
We know that the solution to the teacher shortage is not just to recruit candidates, it is also crucial to find ways to retain the admirable teachers we have now.