ERIC Number: ED391787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul-10
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Recruiting Trends, 1995-96. Education Supplement. A Study of 294 Elementary and Secondary School Systems Employing New Teacher Education Graduates.
Scheetz, L. Patrick
This publication reports on a study of 294 elementary and secondary school systems throughout the United States employing new teacher education graduates. Among the school districts reporting hires for 1994-95 and anticipated hires for 1995-96, job prospects for new education graduates were expected to increase by only 3.2 percent. School districts reported an ample supply of new elementary education graduates for filling available positions, though some school districts reported shortages at the middle and high school levels. Among the hardest positions to fill were: special education, reading, mathematics, science, vocational/technical, foreign language, and music teachers; guidance counselors; speech, physical, and occupational therapists; bilingual teachers; librarians/media specialists; and teachers for the talented and gifted. Retirements among current teaching staff will influence the new teacher job market. Forty-four percent of new professional staff hired by surveyed school districts were beginning teachers with no prior full-time experience. Minority representation was reported as one of the most important criteria for selecting new staff, though minority teachers and administrators were almost impossible to find and hire. Most school districts responding to this survey did not have a minimal acceptable grade point average for new teachers. Among factors other than grades, school district recruiters considered interpersonal skills, attitude, enthusiasm, knowledge of subject matter, prior teaching experience, references, and personality. Southwestern, southeastern, and southcentral regions of the United States offered the most job opportunities for new teaching graduates. The average starting salary for new teachers with bachelor's degrees was $22,689; starting salaries for new teachers with master's degrees averaged $25,502. (ND)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Projections, Higher Education, Labor Market, Minority Group Teachers, National Surveys, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Employment, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Supply and Demand
Career Services & Placement, Michigan State University, 113 Student Services Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1113 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Collegiate Employment Research Inst.