Forty-two percent of college-educated 24- to 60-year-olds would consider teaching as a second career, reports a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation survey.
These potential teachers are more likely than others to have a postgraduate degree, to have attended selective colleges, and to report having higher-than-average grades than other college graduates, the report finds.
That’s good news, notes the Christian Science Monitor:
Because of retirements, teacher turnover, and enrollment growth, schools will need to hire somewhere between 2.9 million and 5.1 million teachers between now and 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago estimates.
Money is an object: More than 60 percent of those interested in teaching say they’d need a starting salary of $50,000 or more; average starting pay is $31,753, according to the American Federation of Teachers.
Thirty percent expressed interest in teaching children from disadvantaged backgrounds or in a low-performing school; a similar percentage are interested in teaching in a charter school.
Currently, close to 20 percent of new teachers enter the profession through an alternate path rather than going through education school.