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Consider "Hirability" Factors

On this page: As you decide upon your own pathway to teaching, be sure to consider the choices you can make now to increase your hiring opportunities later.


Be in Demand

Opportunities for employment in private and public schools (K-6) for graduates obtaining teaching credentials are excellent. Current estimates suggest that one out of 5 current elementary teachers will retire in the next 5 years. During the last decade, 100% of graduates with bilingual or special education credentials have found immediate employment upon graduation from the credential program.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Bilingual Education, and Special Education are experiencing massive teaching shortages. In fact, some school districts across California are offering signing bonuses to prospective middle school teachers in STEM and Special Ed because they are in heightened demand!

In a competitive job market, candidates for any kind of job, including teaching jobs, should think about ways to enhance their resumé. As you consider your pathway to teaching, be sure to consider various "hirability" factors that might guide your choices.

Math

The demand for mathematics teachers continues to be high.

  • Education Generalist Emphasis, Math Focus: Students who transfer to SDSU can choose to specialize in mathematics as an education generalist which leads to an elementary school teaching career.
  • Elementary Education Emphasis, Math Focus: Students who complete the elementary education emphasis can enhance their resumé with a focus in mathematics.
  • Math Emphasis: Students who complete the elementary education emphasis, with a math focus, can elect to do additional coursework to complete the Math Emphasis. When coupled with a multiple subject credential, these students are authorized to teach mathematics in both elementary and middle school. 

Science

The demand for science teachers continues to be high.

  • Education Generalist Emphasis, Science Focus: Students who transfer to SDSU can choose to specialize in science as an education generalist which leads to an elementary school teaching career.
  • Elementary Education Emphasis, Science Focus: Students who complete the elementary education emphasis can enhance their resumé with a focus in science.
  • Science Emphasis: Students who complete the elementary education emphasis, with a science focus, can elect to do additional coursework to complete the Science Emphasis. When coupled with a multiple subject credential, these students are authorized to teach science in both elementary and middle school.

Bilingual Education

You can increase your hiring opportunities after obtaining a teaching credential by taking Liberal Studies courses that will lead to a Multiple Subjects Credential with a Bilingual Authorization. Bilingual teachers are in high demand due to the increasing number of dual language schools.

Special Education

You can increase your hiring opportunities after obtaining a teaching credential by taking Liberal Studies courses that will lead to a Special Education Credential. Special education teachers, especially those with a credential to teach children with moderate to severe disabilities, are often hired as soon as they earn their credential.

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