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Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Becoming a teacher: undergraduate versus graduate degree

According to the Digest of Education Statistics, in 2010-11 there were 104,000 bachelor’s degrees in education and 185,000 master’s degrees. This has left me wondering how many out of that large number of master’s are credentialed teachers going back for … Continue reading

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Teacher supply again

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education has a new report out presenting data from its annual survey of teacher colleges as well as from other sources. A couple of their numbers are particularly helpful for understanding the supply … Continue reading

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  1. Arthur McKee says:


    Keep in mind that 66,500 of the 164,000 teachers who had never taught before but who were hired had “delayed entry” into the profession — i.e., they’re part of the massive teacher reserve pool.

    The same NCES data set says that there are around 240,000 hires of teachers who had not taught in the previous year. The remainder (around 75,000) are teachers who had left the classroom for a time (e.g., maternity leave) but who came back.

    Considering the size of the reserve pool, I’d say that making teacher education programs more selective along the lines outlined by CAEP, and which you have modeled in the past few weeks, would be good policy.

    Here’s another question for you: if we reduced the supply of new teachers wouldn’t that put pressure on districts to increase salaries? Teacher labor markets are very tricky (intensely local, highly regulated, regimented contracts and the like) — but isn’t one reason why teacher salaries have not kept up with those of other college educated workers connected with this oversupply issue?

    By the way, this NCES data set from which all of us (AACTE, Ingersoll, NCTQ) are drawing these hiring figures should be updated soon (unless the sequester has slowed it down . . .).


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