A reader sent me these questions about teaching jobs in Georgia, which I decided to post as most of you are far better equipped to respond.
The AJC has reported that some systems are hiring, including Gwinnett, which is bringing in 530 new teachers for the upcoming school year. However, the AJC notes in its news story that Gwinnett has already filled 359 of the 530 jobs, including some through an annual spring job fair that concentrates on recruitment of teachers in math, science and special needs. But the system is still encouraging applicants with those qualifications to apply as jobs remain in those hard-to-fill areas
Here are the reader’s questions:
I recently have moved out of GA, but I still try to keep up with some of the news. I have a good number of friends who have either graduated from university with teaching degrees or will be very shortly who are encountering difficulties with finding a teaching position.
Can you provide some insight (maybe with a blog post) into the hiring situation for teachers? I’ve heard that large systems like Cobb and Gwinnett are hiring a large number of teachers and yet my friends have not found any openings to apply for, nor have they gotten any responses. In particular, I was looking to see if you could answer the following questions:
- How competitive is the market right now?
- Are school systems, due to lower/smaller budgets, looking to hire graduates with Bachelor’s degrees rather than Master’s level graduates because they cost less?
- In line with that, is the best advice now to go ahead and try to get experience either as a private tutor or some sort of teaching experience rather than extend schooling and going for a master’s degree? I feel like many are misguided in thinking that if they get a master’s degree they will be guaranteed a job.
- What advice is there for upcoming graduates and recent graduates to get the much needed experience to land a teaching job?
I hope you are able to address these issues, as I think there are plenty of people interested in the current hiring situation at Georgia public schools. Thanks, and I look forward to your responses.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog