Where the teacher shortages are


Wanted: Bilingual education and special education teachers. The state’s annual list of teacher shortage areas is out and once again, bilingual education and comprehensive special education teachers top the list of hardest to fill positions, according to a report issued Wednesday by the State Department of Education.

Also on the list this year: remedial reading teachers, speech and language pathologists, world language teachers, teachers of the hearing impaired and school librarians. All those positions have been on the list for at least two years.

The list is based on the number of openings, number of candidates for any given position and the number of graduates with that certification.

In 2012-13 there were 52,404 certified teaching positions in the state, up from 52,181 the year before.

The number of vacancies prior to the start of  the 2012-13 school year stood at 4,080, way up from the 3,267 before the start of the 2011-12 school year.


Linda Lambeck