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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Enrollment falls at teacher ed programs

Enrollment is down at teachers’ prep programs, reports Ed Week‘s Madeline Will, but there’s still a surplus of would-be elementary teachers.


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The number of teacher education graduates declined by 23 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to a report by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Fifteen percent fewer people earned bachelor’s degrees in education from 2006 to 2015.

“While there isn’t a national teacher shortage, there are some perennial shortage areas, including special education, high school math and science, foreign language, and bilingual education,” reports Will.

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