Oregon faces shortage of certified teachers

Oregon faces shortage of certified teachers

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EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon faces a shortage of certified teachers in math, science, Spanish, special ed, English as a second language and bilingual education for the 2014-15 school year, according to the Department of Education.

For Spanish, testing may have something to do with it: roughly 60 percent of teaching students fail the test required to become a Spanish teacher in Oregon, according to Jeff Edmondson, director of master's degree programs at the University of Oregon College of Education.

For science and math, Edmondson said many who have degrees in those fields have found other jobs outside teaching. He saod the cost of tuition is also a deterrent: the more it rises, the less likely students are to consider getting their master's degree in teaching.

Larry Sullivan, superintendent of the Lane Education Service District, said they have a hard time recruiting and maintaining special ed teachers, which he believes may impact students.

But Sullivan said Lane ESD is actually in a better position than most of Oregon's ESDs because they often get first pick of Oregon grads who are already in Eugene.