ERIC Number: ED390866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Supply and Demand, A 1995 MAASCUS Research Report.
Snyder, John F.; And Others
This publication examines the perceptions of school administrators in the Mid-Atlantic Association for School, College and University Staffing (MAASCUS) region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The report begins with an extensive literature review examining issues of teacher supply and demand. Certain certification areas have experienced a surplus of teachers, while others have experienced a shortage; some positions may require multiple certifications; needs also vary by geographic area. The paper explores the complexities and demands of teaching, the number of teachers needed, and student and teacher demographics. A total of 2,100 districts were sent surveys, with 380 responding. Data tables highlight teacher supply and demand by teaching field within each of the eight states in the study, categorizing teaching fields by surplus and shortage. Further analysis focuses on availability of employment opportunities; minority candidate availability; factors impacting 1995-96 employer needs, including funding, retirements, legislative mandates, demographics, student enrollment, private or home schooling, class size, and military mobilization; and sources of new hires. The report concludes that employment opportunities for teachers are influenced by certification area(s), geographic flexibility, school enrollment and diversity, and personal skills and abilities. Some of the most popular certification areas--elementary education, English, social studies, and health and physical education--have a significant surplus of teachers in the MAASCUS area that is likely to continue for the next several years. The market for minority teacher candidates, however, should be favorable since the supply of minority candidates is not increasing while the student population is becoming more diverse. (Contains 24 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for School, College, and University Staffing, Madison, WI.