New Educators May Face Trouble in Job Market

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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri School of Education held its graduation commencement Friday at Mizzou Arena.

A total of 330 College of Education undergraduate students walked across the stage.

After graduation many of those students hope to get jobs, but graduation does not necessarily mean there will be enough job openings for all the new graduates.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of high school teachers is expected to grow 6 percent and elementary education is expected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is slower than the national average for all occupations. Jobs in special education are expected to grow faster than other education emphases. 

It is not all bad news for educators seeking employment. A significant number of older teachers are expected to reach retirement age between 2012 and 2022. Their retirements will create job openings for new teachers.

Kimber McAdams, a May graduate of the MU School of Education, has a job lined up as a second grade teacher at Boone Elementary in Kansas City. 

McAdams said many of her fellow graduates also have jobs lined up, and she said it is because opportunities their program has given them.

"It is a fairly small market, but a lot of people I know do have jobs, especially with the fellows program," she said.

The MU Teaching Fellowship Program is a graduate program in which students receive a stipend for teaching, while completing their graduate program. 

241 graduate students, many of which have gone through the fellowship program, will graduate this weekend. 

The Master's and Educational Specialist ceremony for the MU College of Education will be held Sunday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in the Hearnes Center.

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