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Study finds teacher shortages in math, science, ESL and special education

May 23, 2011

A recent study about educator supply and demand says new teachers are still in demand, particularly in science, mathematics, English as a second language and special education. The report by the American Association on Employment in Education also found that school districts hire 90 percent of staff locally.

Area residents who want to become educators can start in Northern Virginia Community College’s teacher education program. The program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree and teacher licensure. Several Virginia four-year institutions helped develop the curriculum and have agreed to accept all courses required by it. Some of the universities also guarantee admission to NOVA graduates who meet eligibility conditions.

“Our program integrates classroom learning with valuable teaching experience through supervised field placements in local schools,” said faculty advisor Karen Sheble. “We’re confident our graduates are well prepared to complete a bachelor’s degree and licensure requirements when they transfer from NOVA.”

Students can save thousands of dollars during the first two years of college by starting at NOVA and then transferring through NOVA’s guaranteed admission agreements. All students are encouraged to explore financial aid options to make college even more affordable.

The teacher education program is available at NOVA campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas and Woodbridge. Learn more at http://www.nvcc.edu/catalog/cat2011/programs/pdf/SOSCI-TeacherEd-AS.pdf or by writing to ksheble@nvcc.edu.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.