Future teachers on the job hunt

POSTED: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 3:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- College graduation is just around the corner, and that means more people looking for a job. For those with a degree in education, finding a teaching job is no walk in the park.

There 94 future teachers in Baylor's graduating class this year, and only a handful have jobs. With districts planning to lay off hundreds of teachers, Director of Advisement, Dr. Joel Porter, says students are feeling the pressure.

"They're nervous, and understandably and justifiably, about where they're going to get a job, are they going to get a job. Those types of things," said Dr. Porter.

David Corkill was one of a few students who landed a job before graduation at a local school.

"I can't even believe I have a job. If you would have asked me a couple months ago if I had a job right now, I would have called you crazy," said Corkill. 

Dr. Porter says that's a sign the times have changed.

"I think there are jobs out there. But the days of being able to say I'm going to be a teacher, I'm going to get hired and not have to worry about it are done," said Dr. Porter.

That's concerning news for recent grads.

Dr. Porter has children in the public school system and says it's also a question of how it affects the community.

"Even as a parent, I have a lot of questions about what's going to happen. What's the class size going to be? How many teachers are going to be rehired?" said Dr. Porter.

Porter says there are still jobs out there for new teachers, and schools are always looking for math, science and special education teachers.


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