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Teacher Recruitment

By Sarah D. Sparks — July 16, 2019 1 min read
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New federal data highlight a leaky pipeline for would-be teachers in college.

The Baccalaureate and Beyond study tracks about 29,000 U.S. students who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2015-16. A year later, nearly 4 out of 5 of those graduates had started a job, and fewer than half were in full-time salaried positions. More than 41 percent of the new graduates in the study reported that they had at least considered teaching as a career in college, but less than 17 percent actually ended up in the classroom a year later.

Business, health-care, or science, technology, education, and math majors produced the smallest shares of graduates who went into teaching careers.

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A version of this article appeared in the July 17, 2019 edition of Education Week as Teacher Recruitment

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