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UI education graduates report high marks at finding jobs in 1995-96
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- About 84 percent of first-time teachers graduating
from the University of Iowa succeeded in finding full-, part-time or education-related
jobs in 1995-96, according to an annual report from the Educational Placement
Office of the UI College of Education.
Rebecca Anthony, teacher placement coordinator for the placement office, says
new teachers looking for openings in 1997 also should find schools across
the United States are eager to hire qualified graduates.
While prospects for openings in Iowa, the upper Midwest and the northeast
remain highly competitive, there are bright spots in the rest of the country.
California schools, for example, are feeling the pressure of new state incentives
to limit class sizes in grades kindergarten through third grade to 20 students
"California schools are actively recruiting in Iowa and we expect to
have several students take jobs there in the coming recruiting season,"
Anthony says. "As always, if students are flexible in their teaching
levels and willing to consider a variety of geographical areas, their chances
of being hired certainly increase."
According to the placement office's September 1995 to August 1996 annual report,
84 percent of people looking for their first teaching job in K-12 public and
private schools found assignments in teaching or teaching-related fields.
About 57 percent of the first-time teachers found full-time teaching jobs,
and 27 percent reported taking work as part-time teachers, teaching as substitutes
or working in education-related jobs.
In 1995-96, a total of 1,502 alumni and students registered with the placement
office. That includes people with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees
interested in positions as K-12, community college and college-level teachers
Both the overall percentage of first-time elementary and secondary school
teachers who reported successful job searches and the percentage finding full-time
work are about the same as figures for 1994-95.
Anthony said the placement success is an indication of the training UI students
receive and the high regard with which UI graduates are held by school districts
throughout the United States. The placement rate also reflects individual
student efforts to prepare themselves for the job market and seek out teaching
Iowa continues to be the most popular destination for UI education graduates,
followed by Illinois. Other popular states for UI graduates are Texas, Minnesota
In other highlights from the report:
-- Full-time first-year teachers with bachelor's degrees reported a median
salary of $22,900. That's up slightly from the 1994-95 median.
-- Salaries reported for first-year elementary and secondary public school
teachers ranged from $18,000 to $35,000.
-- A total of 1,071 licensed teachers and administrators were registered with
the placement office and interested in K-12 positions in 1995-96. Of those,
86 percent found jobs in teaching and related positions.
-- The Educational Placement Office received 21,730 reports of openings for
teachers and administrators across the United States in 1995-96. The largest
category was for secondary school teachers with 6,035 reported vacancies,
followed by 4,607 vacancies at the college-level.
-- Iowa public and private schools and colleges reported 1,520 vacancies to
the Educational Placement Office, including 609 vacancies at the post-secondary
level, 246 in secondary schools and 228 in elementary schools.