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AAEE Releases 2022-2023 Educator Supply and Demand Report

The American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE) is pleased to announce the release of its 2022-2023 Educator Supply and Demand Report, and wishes to thank the many colleges, universities, and school systems responding to the survey that served as the basis for this report.

The Educator Supply and Demand Report is conducted in conjunction with the Center for Marketing & Opinion Research, LLC (CMOR). With data and perceptions gathered from educational organizations over several decades, the report generated will provide education professionals and institutions with valuable regional and national insights and trends in PK-12 educator supply and demand.

After achieving overall “balance” in supply and demand between 2010 and 2015, the 2022-2023 Educator Supply and Demand Report reflects a growing shortage of PK-12 educators, indicating the worst overall shortage in the study’s 40-year history. It is also the first time in survey history that zero subject areas were identified as having a “surplus.”

In terms of subject areas with “balanced” supply and demand, IHEs identified only six: Classical Language (Greek, Latin), Dance Education, Italian, Social Studies Education, Spanish, and Theatre/Drama Education. Meanwhile, school systems identified only three “balanced” areas: Health Education, Physical Education, and Social Studies Education.

However, the study also found significant lack of alignment (high demand by school systems, but low percent of higher education institutions offering) in the following subject areas:

  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Agriculture Education
  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic (Language)
  • Audiology
  • Chinese (Language)
  • Cognitive Disabilities Special Education
  • Computer Science Education
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders Special Education
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Gifted/Talented Education
  • Hearing Impaired Special Education
  • Japanese (Language)
  • Journalism Education
  • Learning Disability Special Education
  • Library Science/Media Technology
  • Multi-categorical Special Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Reading Diagnostician
  • School Nursing
  • School Psychology
  • School Social Work
  • Severe/Profound Disabilities Special Education
  • Speech Education
  • Visually Impaired Special Education

The survey also found that school systems are hiring more educators without traditional preparation (about one in four). The most-cited reason given was the lack of traditional candidates applying.

To obtain a printed copy or digital access to the full, 42-page 2022-2023 Educator Supply and Demand Report, please visit the AAEE website.

On Thursday, June 1 (2:00 p.m. Central), AAEE will host a webinar featuring Executive Director Tim Neubert reviewing this year’s report and fielding questions from those in attendance. Registration is complimentary. Register now for the event

The collection period for the 2023-2024 survey will begin in September 2023 and continue through March 2024. We hope your institution will participate!

About AAEE

Comprised of college/university career center staff and education department faculty, school district human resources and building administrators, and representatives of other education-related organizations, the American Association for Employment in Education is a key organization for building networks to recruit teachers. For 80+ years, AAEE has been providing members with direct access to resources and networking opportunities with colleagues — all focused upon the highest standards in educator preparation, recruitment, hiring, and retention. Prepared and published annually, the AAEE Educator Supply and Demand Report is a nationally recognized initiative and benchmark report.

Tim Neubert is the AAEE executive director.

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