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In Oregon alone, it is estimated that by the year 2020, 16,458 new teachers will be needed in the workforce.

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The education job market is rebounding. Nationally, 200,000 future teachers are needed every year. In Oregon alone, it is estimated that by the year 2020, 16,458 new teachers will be needed in the workforce. By choosing one of the PSU Graduate School of Education teacher licensure programs, you will be well-positioned to start a great career in education.

Employment opportunities are on the rise

Many school districts, due to increased funding, are reporting an increase in hiring rates for next fall. Below is a partial list of local school districts who will be looking for new teachers for 2014-15. Check the EdZapp and TalentEd websites for more information.

  • Portland Public Schools, with a newly settled contract, anticipates filling 300 positions for fall 2014.
  • Beaverton School District is actively recruiting for all areas. Through their recently passed $15 million levy, they will be hiring more classroom teachers.  
  • Tigard Tualatin School District anticipates filling many positions due to retirements and transitions. 
  • Hillsboro School District is looking for 20+ dual language teachers, special education teachers, speech pathologists and others. 
  • Salem Keizer School District is hiring 300+ teachers for fall 2014.
  • David Douglas School District is currently hiring for 20 certified positions.
  • North Clackamas School District is hiring for all levels and subjects.
  • Woodburn School District has 30 vacant positions to fill for next year.
  • West Linn/Wilsonville School District wants bilingual teachers now. Check TalentEd for more openings later

Why enroll at PSU?

GSE graduates are known for excellence in innovative teaching practices for preK-12 education. The GSE has strong partnerships with local districts, and can provide the expertise and resources to help you become a great teacher in our community or wherever you go! As a well-prepared GSE graduate, you will make a real difference in the lives of thousands of students over the course of your career in education. 

Paying for graduate school

  • Scholarships and grantsThe GSE awards over 50 scholarships totalling over $125,000 annually. Some programs are grant supported with their own scholarships that offset the cost of tuition.
  • Financial aidWe encourage applicants to apply for federal financial aid (FAFSA) at the same time they apply for admission.
  • Loan forgivenessCertain subjects like ESOL, math, science, and special education are teacher shortage areas. That means funding incentives are available for teachers in those subjects. Federal student aid can include loan deferment and loan forgiveness. 

Be sure to discuss all your options with a PSU Financial Aid advisor. For more information, visit the GSE scholarship and financial aid resources website.

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