STEM Teacher Preparation and Retention in the South
A strong STEM education provides advantages for the next generation of workers. In our globalized, automation-driven workforce, occupations requiring STEM skills have experienced faster growth than the overall job market – a trend that is expected to continue in the future.
Historically, schools across the nation experience more difficulty recruiting and retaining a sufficient number of teachers for STEM classes than for other areas. Openings for physics, chemistry and math instructors often are the hardest to fill, leaving schools with few options beyond hiring teachers without proper certification or the necessary background.
The Southern region often has been at the forefront in preparing students and qualified professionals to teach STEM subjects. Both legislatively and in partnership with the private sector, philanthropic organizations and universities, states in the South have taken many steps toward ensuring that they have qualified and well-prepared STEM teachers.
This SLC Regional Resource examines initiatives in Southern states to increase the number of qualified teachers in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.