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The U.S. Teaching Shortage Brings Unique Opportunities for Adult Learners

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With the rising cost of college education, mounting student loan debt, and shrinking teacher salaries, it’s no wonder there is a teacher shortage in the U.S.

The shortage, however, has created new, more convenient options for those considering going back to school to become a teacher.

More college campuses are offering streamlined one-year programs for teaching certification and even masters’ degrees in education, in the hopes of appealing to adult learners interested in changing careers to teaching. This includes on-campus, hybrid and online programs.

“The University of Northern Colorado’s Center for Urban Education, located at our Denver center, offers unique teacher preparation programs which combine academic classes and classroom apprenticeships,” she says.

This field experience, Rubin says, provides students with the opportunity to connect classroom learning with real-life experiences and make deeper connections to their coursework. “Teaching is a rewarding career that allows you to work with young people who are inspiring and creative and may, ultimately, change the world.”

Susan Guillory, [email protected]

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