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Old 02-07-2008, 02:19 PM
 
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I keep reading and hearing about the shortage of teachers due to retirement, young teachers leaving for better paying careers, and less young people studying to be teachers. Then I talk to friends, acquaintances and colleagues who are looking for teaching jobs, but cannot find one. Are districts hurting for elementary teachers in your area? The only jobs available around here are reading specialist and ELL certified teachers. Otherwise, you need to start as a sub or TA and hope that the principal likes you when a full time job comes up.

How is the job outlook in your area?


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Yep that is the way it is here in the Northwest.
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Here in MI, there are very few teaching jobs...the district I work in usually hires those with experience (that is how I got my job here)...Or someone who had student teaching for an entire school year!

I have heard the Carolina's are hiring...but not here in MI!

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There are always jobs here in the Sunshine State! I took this year off for some soul-searching and is-the-grass-really-greener wandering, but I'll be back next year (I can't wait!) I've been looking at moving to better paying districts in Florida toward the center and south parts of the state, but we haven't done too badly up in the north -- 11% pay raise for me last year and I heard about 5% this year. That's still only in the mid-upper 30s with a Master's, but in larger cities that pay is usually in the 40s. Even though we're a right-to-work state, our unions are pretty decent with bargaining and we have duty-free lunch, mandated prep minutes per week, and no after hours work without compensation. Here's a website if you're interested: http://www.teachinflorida.com/
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Texas is hiring b/c everyone and their DOG is movin' here.

My sister lived in Michigan years ago and couldn't find a job either, fresh out of college.

However, I will say that the current district I am in is MUCH more competive than my old district. For 200 spots they had over 2,500 applicants.


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NC is hiring. Those that are not moving to Texas are moving here.
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I am also from MI and the jobs are very scarce here. We have so many colleges that pump out teachers and that only makes the problem worse. I know so many people who have had to take jobs in other fields just to pay the bills. Others are the forever sub (good for us though, as they are AWESOME!). Some leave the state. It is all so sad. With all the budget cuts, may districts have had to lay off teachers!
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With the new immigration laws in several states causing illegals to flee, I'm sure that my state, the great state of TEXAS, will be needing more teachers.
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North Texas is always hiring. We have a lot of growth around here, but when I go to job fairs there are always tons of elementary applicants for each position.
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Two states where I have worked had many many openings: Hawaii and New Mexico. Arizona also had quite a few, as I recall.


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Jobs are tough to find in Minnesota. There's typically 500+ applicants per one position.
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most start as subs
Old 02-09-2008, 08:27 AM
 
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I have heard that it is hard to get into my district. It is a fairly large one- 47 elementary schools. We are growing, but there are more applicants than positions.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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The only easy jobs to get are:
Science
Math
Foreign Language
Special Ed.

As far as I know there are no districts that really need general ed. elementary teachers.
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Houston and surrounding districts have job fairs. With Oklahoma doing it thing with the illegals population, we will have more of a need for teachers. Some of our districts go to other states and recruit. The pay starts in the thirties I think. I know it is not lower.
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No shortage, but you can find a job. In my district, subs are in far greater demand than regular teachers. You have to have a degree in a discipline to have your own classroom though; Colorado does not recognize or accept education degrees. You can sub with an education degree though (or any degree), and subs work very regularly here.
 
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There are jobs to be had here.
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But we also have a ton of colleges nearby. The principals go to the job fairs and see those who are graduating, but they also interview from other resumes. The last 2 or 3 teachers that were hired in our school were some that had been stay-at-home moms and were coming back into the teaching force. I think starting pay is in the lower 30's. I've taught 17 years and have a master's and I make $45,000. Not great, but it' a job.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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Things are tight here for elementary teachers. It is better for schience teachers. It helps to start as a sub or an aide.
Good luck finding a job!
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:25 AM
 
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Most parishes in Louisiana are hiring. Yearly salary depends on the parish. I'm pretty sure they're all paying at least in the 30's.
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We have a shortage and jobs are easy to find here. I am pretty sure you'll find several openings in the East Valley, outside of Phoenix.
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In my district, there are regularly 100+ applicants for a single position. This is the top district in the state, though, so teachers from all over the Denver metro area want to get into this district.
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I'm confused. Do you mean if a person wanted an elementary teaching position they would need a degree in history or english, etc....to teach???? That would make no sense for Elementary.

Here in Wi. we have too many elementary educators, but the situation is better than when I graduated in '90...back then there would be 600 applicants for 1 postition, now it's about half that.
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Here in NY it depends on what you are teaching. If you are Special Ed/Elementary Ed or English you are a dime a dozen here and will need to be at the right place and the right time to get a good job. Science teachers and Math teachers usually don't have any problems. I think more and more, especially on Long Island, people are realizing what a great job teaching is and are going to school for it.
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If you seek adventure you can try international teaching. I have taught in three different countries and have travelled to more than 12 countries since I started 9 years ago.

Sometimes you can take your pick of where you would like to go, but sometimes you go where there is an opening.
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Michigan posters are right... the jobs here are few and far between.

I was lucky to get a job teaching preschool right out of college. It was at a small private, tuition based preschool and I got paid in happy feelings with a few dollars on the side... but those two years of experience were one thing that helped me get hired in at my current 2nd grade position where I've been for 2 years.

When I finished college in 2004, all we ever heard was how easy it would be for us to find jobs and about the "teaching shortage". HA!
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Yeah, ALL teachers, even kinder. My degree is in English, but it's English with an elementary ed. emphasis. Here you just minor in education. My minor is in reading instruction. We have masters degrees in various ares of education, but we haven't had bachelor's degrees in education for about twenty years now. When I went back to school this made me very happy, because English was the subject I really had always wanted for my major.

You still have to take education methods courses; there just is no education major. Unfortunately for teachers coming in from out of state, their education degrees won't get them a job (at least not in the city. I suppose that out on the plains, where jobs are harder to fill, they might. But I don't think so). I have known plenty of out-of-state teachers WITH EXPERIENCE who can't believe they're back in college, working on another degree.
 

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