Unemployed? Bored with your job? Thinking about a career change? The United States needs 200,000 more science and math teachers in the next 10 years, according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor.
It’s no easy task to recruit people with proclivities for science into schools – and to keep them long enough to nurture a talent for teaching. But over the next decade, schools will need 200,000 or more new teachers in science and math, according to estimates by such groups as the Business-Higher Education Forum in Washington. Already, many districts face shortages: In at least 10 states, fewer than 6 out of 10 middle-school science teachers were certified when the Council of Chief School Officers compiled a report last year.
“We desperately need more qualified … science and math teachers, because of retirement,… overcrowded classrooms … and people teaching out of [their] field,” says Angelo Collins, executive director of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) in Moorestown, N.J., which offers fellowships for teachers in these fields.