ROCK HILL, S.C. (News Release) – Recruiters from South Carolina’s public school districts hope to fill their current and anticipated teacher vacancies at this year’s South Carolina Teacher Expo. The Expo, a one-day teacher job fair sponsored by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA), will be held at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds on Friday, May 20th.
The Expo attracts jobseekers from across the state and nation and offers them an opportunity to network with district representatives looking for top-notch candidates to fill shortages in a variety of subject areas and grade levels.
The Expo is part of a comprehensive recruitment effort designed to address teacher shortages in many areas of the state. A report released by CERRA in January highlighted South Carolina’s unmet demand for public school teachers. More than 5,300 teachers did not return to their classrooms this year. This issue is exacerbated when compared to the number of graduates eligible for teacher certification. Over the last five years, on average, only 2,180 students completed a South Carolina undergraduate teacher education program. Statewide, districts reported a 33% increase in the number of vacant teaching positions compared to last year and a 66% increase compared to the 2013-14 school year. Many South Carolina districts continue to have difficulty filling vacancies in special education at all school levels and mathematics and sciences in middle and high schools.
Some districts, regardless of certification area, struggle to hire and retain teachers due to their geographic location in the state. Twenty of these districts with excessive teacher turnover will be targeted through the Rural Teacher Recruiting Incentive.
Participation in the Expo is limited to teachers, recent graduates of teacher education programs, and individuals who have met admission criteria for an approved alternative certification program in South Carolina.
For more details and registration information, visit www.cerra.org/expo.aspx.