In most U.S. states, becoming a full-time teacher requires having a bachelor’s degree or higher. Degrees in education are customarily preferable for prospective teachers.
However, education standards for school teachers have tremendously dropped in a U.S. school district located in the state of Georgia. According to WSAV-TV Channel 4, an affiliate of NBC News in Savannah, GA, The Savannah-Chatham school district is allowing college graduates without degrees in education to teach in its schools.
This is due to the fact that there has been a significant decrease in college graduates that want to become teachers. The low starting pay for teachers is usually the reason for this. Degrees in technology-related fields are often more inviting because of the higher amount of pay people can earn starting out in these fields.
Because of this reality, the Savannah-Chatham public school district has unveiled its Alternative Pathways to Teaching initiative. This program allows bachelor’s degree holders that didn’t get their degrees in education to participate in a “work-as-you-go” process for certification that takes three years to finish.
“We want to bring in those people who have a lot of field knowledge and a lot of skills,” Heather Bilton told WSAV-TV. Bilton is a human resource specialist for the Savannah-Chatham public school district. The district has some well-founded concerns about successfully undertaking Alternative Pathways to Teaching.
“We’re always concerned but that concern has hopefully motivated us to really work hard,” she continued.
The nation has seen some tough economic times since the 2007 recession and the catastrophic crash of the economy in 2008. The Savannah-Chatham public school district has responded to the realities of our new economy and hopes to fill 450 teaching positions this fall by using this new program.