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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 per year.

"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 and administrators.
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 opportunities.
Iowa continues to be the most popular destination for UI education graduates, followed by Illinois. Other popular states for UI graduates are Texas, Minnesota and Missouri.

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.