A recent survey conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia found nearly two-thirds of new science educators taught at least one course outside their subject area expertise in their first five years in the classroom.
Roughly 40 percent of those teachers taught mostly or entirely outside their field during that period. Additionally, the researchers found out-of-field teaching was more common in rural and urban schools, as well as schools with high numbers of students learning the English language.
The survey was completed by 137 teachers who taught in secondary schools in the Southwest and the Midwest regions of the country. The researchers followed the teachers for the first five years of their careers and tracked the courses they taught, among other details. To view the full survey, visit ResearchGate.net.