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Fewer teachers are entering the profession. Is your hiring program prepared?

For many districts, the teacher shortage is a very real threat to finding educators even for elementary school positions. Others struggle only to find qualified teachers for specialized positions in Special Education or STEM.


Recent research has uncovered that teacher applicant pools are smaller than they have been in the past. It’s no secret that teaching is not a popular profession among the younger generations, and that enrollment in teacher preparation programs has fallen.

Here are the cold, hard numbers:


55.6% of the national teacher applicant pool consists of new teachers with three years or fewer of experience.

Teachers Down 37% between 2010 and 2020

From 2010 to 2020, the number of new teachers coming out of teacher preparation programs fell by 34.5%.

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Only two states have seen an increase in the number of new educators coming out of teacher preparation programs. Only ten states have shown an increase in teacher prep program enrollment. North Dakota is the only state that has seen both teacher prep enrollment and completion numbers rise.

So, if you ever feel like you’re “playing catch-up” during recruiting season, or struggle to find enough qualified applicants to fill positions, it’s past time to make a change — it will only get harder to find new teachers. Even if you’re one of the lucky districts not besieged by teacher shortages, it’s imperative that you start planning for an even tighter teacher pipeline.

Those plans should look not just at new recruiting sources, but ways you can overcome tough competition for a shrinking pool of qualified teachers.





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• Run customized, automated campaigns that let you continually reach out to qualified new job-seekers who meet your requirements


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When you connect Frontline Recruiting & Hiring with Frontline Central — the centralized hub for accessing and managing important employee data throughout Frontline’s human capital management (HCM) suite — you can:

  • Automatically send key new hire data to kick off the onboarding process
  • Build out a staff profile with employee demographic information that can be accessed from other Frontline HCM solutions
  • Instantly send onboarding paperwork to new hires, guiding them through each form and tracking their progress
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