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Oversupply Of Certified Teachers Means Stiff Job Market For Millennials

Music teacher Matt Rotjan, left, is seen here with a student in the South Orangetown school district.
Music teacher Matt Rotjan, left, is seen here with a student in the South Orangetown school district. Photo Credit: BJ Greco, South Orangetown Central School District

New York state is producing thousands of teachers each year in its colleges and universities, but only a fraction of those educators are able to find permanent work in the field, according to lohud.com.

In 2011-12, just 4,289 teachers of the 15,102 who earned certification that year were employed in a state public school by October 2013, according to lohud.com, which did not include charter school employees in the tally because those teachers are not required to be certified.

Some who become certified take substitute positions after joining the field but are forced out because of unpredictable schedules and paychecks, according to lohud.com, which told the story of at least one woman whose teaching certification expired because she wasn’t able to log enough hours – not even as a substitute – in the classroom.

According to experts, colleges and universities are failing to accurately forecast hiring needs and are producing an oversupply of teachers, according to lohud.com, which reports that those who are unable to find work in the field are still left to pay the student loans that propelled them through higher education.

Click here to read the report from lohud.com.

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