New York State will need 180,000 teachers in next 10 years

For the first time in years, teachers are in high demand

CORTLAND (WSYR-TV) - The seniors at SUNY Cortland are celebrating more than just their education diploma, but also that many of them will have an easier time finding a job this year.

For the first time in years, teaching jobs are in high demand.

New York State expects 180,000 openings over the next ten years because of retiring teachers.

Dean of SUNY Cortland's School of Education, Andrea LaChance, says, "Alarm bells started to go off last year. We've had district superintendents and principals tell us 'We've never had a problem hiring XYZ and now the pools are really slim.'" 

School districts are running into the problem of filling those jobs, because so many people were swayed against becoming teachers.

That's because districts cut budgets and slashed jobs in 2008 and 2009 because of the recession, on top of the controversial Common Core and teacher evaluations.

SUNY Cortland's education program lost 30 percent of its enrollment.

Dean LaChance says, "To an 18 year old, teaching doesn't seem like an attractive profession. Across the country, there has been a decline in teaching preparation programs. You can't go to a program in New York State and not hear how their enrollment has declined."

But now, budgets have stabilized and older teachers are retiring.

The North Syracuse School District is looking for 13 Special Education teachers for this fall, on top of the other subject areas. They're also in need of science and foreign language teachers.

In Liverpool, they need 16 people. The most difficult subject areas to fill are library media specialists, occupational therapists/physical therapists, foreign language and family and consumer science. 

In the Fayetteville-Manlius District, there will be several elementary openings, where there's no urgent shortage but still spots to fill. F-M says its hardest spots to fill are technology, counselors, special education (especially those with a 7th grade-12th grade certificate).

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