Teachers Needed for High Demand Teaching Jobs - ESL, Math and Science, Special Ed

New teachers invigorate the field of education, inspire students, and make a lasting difference. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for young teachers to find a teaching job. Some areas of the country are facing hiring freezes, layoffs, and dwindling student enrollments. While there are some high-needs school districts that are desperate for teachers in all fields, many areas have a surplus of elementary, social studies, and physical education teachers. In a tough job market, one way to help ensure you land a teaching job is to enter a high-demand field in education.

The number of students who do not speak English as a first language is rapidly increasing. Over two million US students need help learning the English language. This makes high demand for ESL teachers. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, schools have more difficulty filling positions in ESL than any other field. While it isn't necessary to be bilingual, it can come in handy - especially if you can speak Spanish. There is also a growing need for bilingual teachers. Many schools with a high population of Spanish speaking students will have a teacher instruct in both English and Spanish. If you live near an area with a diverse population, bilingual or ESL skills will greatly enhance your job prospects. Furthermore, you'll be rewarded by giving students the skills needed to successfully communicate in English.

The college courses necessary to become a secondary science or math teacher are difficult. Calculus 4, organic chemistry, and physics are tough courses. Basically, there are more education majors in the area of elementary education than secondary science or math. Those who do major in these subjects usually have plenty of lucrative job prospects besides teaching, which makes for a lot of teaching openings in the fields of science and math. Some desperate districts are offering incentive programs to attract qualified science and math teachers. Tuition reimbursement, strong mentor programs, and other financial incentives are being offered, especially in high-needs school districts. There is also a push to employ more women educators in the fields of science and math, which have historically been male-dominated areas of education.

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