Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, May 30, 1980, Page 3, Image 3

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Teachers find job hunt easier ‘
By JEFF ENGLAND
Of the Emerald
Job opportunities for educa
tion graduates are looking up
these days.
Although '‘it depends very
much on what field we re talking
about, it is a myth that there is a
teacher surplus,” says Sandy
Heins, education placement
coordinator of the University
Career Center.
Traditionally crowded teach
ing fields such as health and
physical education, social
studies and art education will
remain that way, Heins says, but
graduates can “just about write
their own tickets,” in math,
special education, reading,
counseling, business, industrial
education and agriculture.
To a lesser degree, jobs are
waiting to be filled in elementary
education, music, foreign lan
guage, science, home econ
omics and language arts.
“Two students graduated
(with teaching certificates) in
math last year — we could have
placed 50. There are 13 jobs for
every graduate in special
education,” Heins says.
Fewer students are enrolling
in schools of education, Heins
says. Comparing Oregon
graduation figures for 1970-71
and 1978-79, the number of
students graduating with
elementary education cer
tificates declined 49 percent,
and the number in secondary
education declined 42 percent,
says Vern Remple of the State
Department of Education.
While some institutions res
tricted enrollment by imposing
tougher entrance and gradua
tion requirements in the
mid-1970s, an awareness of the
overcrowded teaching market is
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primarily the reason for the drop
in teaching graduates, Remple
says.
“It’s like a bandwagon effect.
Students hear that no jobs exist
in teaching, so they seek de
grees in other fields. Then the
field opens up, and not enough
students come out of the pro
grams to fill the needs."
Improved retirement pack
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within classrooms are encour
aging teachers to retire early,
Heins says.
Students at all levels are more
difficult to teach now, as a gen
eral lack of respect for tradi
tional symbols of authority
becomes increasingly
prevalent, Heins said.
Another reason why teaching
jobs are more available these
days is that more graduates are
willing to accept jobs only in a
particular town, place or region,
Heins says.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles
school officials estimate they'll
have more than 70 mathematics
vacancies to fill for the 1980-81
school year. Many of those po
sitions will have to be taught by
homemakers, college students
and general assignment
teachers until qualified math
instructors can be hired, ac
cording to a Wallstreet Journal
story published last week.
One reason for this, the Jour
nal story said, is that about
one-third of those graduating
with certificates to teach math
aren’t going into education
Some businesses can offer
these graduates twice the aver
age starting salary for first-year
math teachers.
Finally, while the trend of
decreasing enrollment at the
high-school level is expected to
continue through I984,
Oregon’s education department
projects an increase from an
estimated 315,685 elementary
school students statewide in
1979-80 to 392,668 for 1990-91.
This will result in an eventual
rise and leveling off of the
secondary school population by
the late '80s
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