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Teacher Preparation Programs Experience Enrollment Decline

January 17, 2020 • Sarah James

Teacher Preparation Programs Experience Enrollment Decline

A drop in teacher preparation program enrollment nationwide may result in a teacher shortage, but a lack of detailed enrollment data leaves question marks about how to fix the problem.

In a recent report, the Center for American Progress reveals that teacher preparation programs have experienced a decline of more than one third from 2010 to 2018 regardless of the fact that more students are pursuing bachelor’s degrees. The decline in enrollment parallels a decline in the number of students who completed a teacher preparation program. In contrast, alternative certification programs not based at institutes of higher education experienced an enrollment surge of more than 40 percent between 2010 and 2018.

For more information on the topic, check out the full report from the Center for American Progress and the PDK International Poll results.


Sarah James is a communications specialist at TASB HR Services. Send Sarah an email at sarah.james@tasb.org.


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Tagged: HR, "Teacher certification", "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"