PDE Announces Teacher Shortage Areas

Pennsylvania Department of Education, in their annual Proposed Teacher Shortage report, indentifed the following subject areas to have the most severe teacher shortages in PA. The ten subject areas are: English as a Second Language, Fine and Performing Arts, Foreign Language PK-12, Hearing Impaired, Sciences 7-12, Mathematics 7-12, Special Education PK-12, Speech & Language Impaired, Visually Impaired and Vocational Education. Wilson College offers certification in the bold-faced areas.

The Inquirer, July 12, 2018 - the following was reported

  • The number of education majors in Pennsylvania colleges and universities has dropped 55 percent since 1996, officials said. And the number of new teaching certificates issued in the state sunk 71 percent between 2009-10 and 2016-17, to just 4,412 from 14,247.
  • The situation is not limited to this area. There is a nationwide shortage of teachers— most acute in special education, science and math. The supply of new teachers is declining, according to recent research, as the demand for educators is swelling.

Department of Education Announces Teaching Projections

The total number of elementary and secondary teachers is projected to increase 14% between 2010 and 2021.

  • In public schools: 15%
  • In private schools: 3%

The projected number of new teacher hires is projected to increase from 2010 to 2021 in both elementary and secondary schools.

  • In public schools 28% (384,000)
  • In private schools 4% (87,000)

Instructional Certificates issued by PDE declining

America has a Teacher Shortage 2016 Article

PA Teacher Shortage 2016 Article