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As Teacher Shortage Looms, Brandman University teams up with San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and school districts for career and hiring event

January 19, 2016 by Guest Contributor

Multiple school districts have hundreds of positions to fill at event on January 30 from 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Brandman University in Santa Maria. People interested in learning how to become a teacher encouraged to attend as well.

Santa Maria— A critical shortage of teachers and substitute teachers is impacting communities across the state of California. Nonprofit Brandman University in Santa Maria is teaming up with San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and local school districts to host a teacher and substitute teacher hiring event on January 30 from 9 a.m. – 11a.m. at Brandman University in Santa Maria (1300 E. Cypress, Santa Maria, CA 93454). To register online visit www.brandman.edu/JobsInEducation. This local event is part of a state-wide network of hiring events being hosted at various locations throughout California.

“We are thrilled to host this event to help fill critical full-time teacher and substitute teacher positions with passionate, highly competent, and technologically savvy teachers for our partner school districts,” said Dr. Christine Zeppos, Dean of the School of Education at Brandman University. “Due to the increase of teacher retirements, the increase in the number of K-12 students to teach, and the fact that statewide California has produced about 50 percent fewer teachers each year than we did 10 years ago, the state is facing a serious teacher shortage that will last for several years. There is no better time to enter the teaching profession.”

According to the California Department of Education, school districts need to fill 21,500 teaching slots but the state is issuing fewer than 15,000 new teaching credentials a year. California issued 14,810 teaching credentials in 2013-14, according to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. That number has been steadily declining since 2008-09. School districts and private schools will be recruiting for thousands of openings at the January 30 events, and there will be free workshops for people interested in careers in education.

“School districts on the central coast are in desperate need of both substitute teachers and qualified classroom teachers.  There are shortages in special education, mathematics, science, as well as bilingual education,” said Patricia Graham, Campus Director, Brandman University, Santa Maria.  “School districts are reaching out to Brandman University in search of students who are beginning a credential, completing a credential, or students that may be interested in becoming interns.  The local school districts are looking for teachers who are ready to become leaders in the classroom”.

Other school districts and organizations participating in the event include Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, and Santa Maria Bonita School District.

Participants should come prepared for same-day interviews and bring resumes and CBEST scores or out-of-state teaching credential. Those interested in substitute teaching need to meet the qualifications for applying for a 30-day substitute permit. Those and other criteria can be found at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials. Information will also be available for those interested in earning a teacher credential through Brandman’s School of Education.

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