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New PEDS Resource Highlights Vital Role of MSIs in Producing Black, Hispanic Teachers

A new resource from AACTE’s Professional Education Data System (PEDS) shows that although minority-serving institutions collectively represent a small percentage of AACTE members, they are responsible for the preparation of a disproportionately large number of minority teachers.

The composition of the PK-12 student population is changing rapidly, with students of color projected to become a majority within the next decade. In fall 2010, approximately 48% of the school-age population in the United States were students of color, including 16% Black and 23% Hispanic students. By July 2011, more than 50% of children under age 1 born in the USA were children of color. Whereas the diversity of the PK-12 student population is growing dramatically, the diversity of the teacher population remains almost unchanged. In the 2011-2012 school year, the PK-12 teaching force in public schools included approximately 3.3 million teachers. Only about 18% of these were teachers of color.

Minority-serving institutions play a crucial role in bridging the gap between the demographics of the students in our PK-12 classrooms and those of their teachers. Despite representing a very small percentage of AACTE members, in the 2009-2010 academic year, historically Black colleges and universities produced 11% of all Black/African American teacher candidates prepared by AACTE members, and Hispanic-serving institutions produced 23% of all Hispanic teaching candidates prepared by AACTE member institutions.

To learn more about these data and download our new resource, click here. For more facts on educator preparation, visit the AACTE PEDS page and download our March 2013 report, The Changing Teacher Preparation Profession: A Report from AACTE’s Professional Education Data System (PEDS).

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Alicia Ardila-Rey

Director of Research and Dissemination, AACTE

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