CollegeXpress Helps Future Teachers and Other Education Students Follow Their Passion
WESTFORD, MA, August 13, 2015.
There are many nonprofits out there advocating for the teaching profession. Many even recruit and advise young teachers. But no one is helping high school students on their way from choosing a college to their real-world classroom like CollegeXpress.
When it comes to changing lives for the better, few careers can compare to teaching. But between declining employment opportunities and education major enrollments—one trend feeding the other—the teaching profession is struggling. CollegeXpress hopes to change that by helping high school students explore their interest in education and find schools that fit their needs and goals.
Carnegie Communications is pleased to announce a new special-interest section on CollegeXpress.com dedicated to Education and Teaching. Future education students, student-teachers, and even working teachers will find expert advice for navigating their careers, from majoring in education to running their own classroom. And it’s all backed by CollegeXpress’s top-ranked college search, scholarship search, and other college-planning tools.
A comprehensive resource encouraging high school and college students to pursue education programs is long overdue. Major enrollments have been declining for decades. Less than 6% of college graduates earned a degree in education in 2012, compared to 10% in 1991 and 21% in 1970, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Of the 1,791,000 bachelor’s degrees awarded that year, only 106,000 were in education.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job growth in elementary and middle schools is as fast as the national average for all occupations at 12%, while the outlook for high school positions is slower at 6%. However, budget cuts have forced many schools to cut teaching positions, forcing job seekers to relocate or strengthen their credentials through graduate school in order to secure employment.
For a career with an infamously high turnover rate—upwards of 50% in the first five years—the need for both passionate and well-trained young teachers has never been greater. That training begins at the right college, and the Education and Teaching section of CollegeXpress will be an invaluable resource for students throughout their search, their college years, and beyond.
Students need to understand that a degree in education can be the start to a meaningful career outside the classroom as well, whether they want to work as administrators, in public policy, or developing curriculum. CollegeXpress will help them explore those options as well.
To learn more, please contact Jessica Tomer, Editor-in-Chief of CollegeXpress, at jtomer [at] carnegiecomm [dot] com.
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