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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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Be inspired and be inspiring; join a professional community that fosters creativity, imagination and motivation. Enjoy a career filled with laughter, lifelong learning, and interpersonal interactions that are engaging, empowering and transformative. 

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

This year Portland metro area school districts scrambled to find enough educators to fill the more than 2,300 positions open in schools. This is a sampling of hires for fall 2015 in the greater Portland metro area:

  • Beaverton School District hired 400 classroom teachers.
  • Canby School District hired 62 teachers.
  • Centennial School District hired 46 teachers this fall.
  • David Douglas School District filled 101 positions.
  • Gladstone School District hired 24, including a speech pathologist.
  • Gresham-Barlow School District hired 61 teachers for fall 2015.
  • Hillsboro School District hired 200 teachers.
  • Lake Oswego School District hired 45 new teachers and counselors.
  • North Clackamas School District hired 160 teachers for all levels and subjects.
  • Oregon City School District hired 45 new teachers this fall.
  • Parkrose School District hired 29 teachers this fall.
  • Portland Public Schools hired 400 positions for fall 2015.
  • Reynolds School District hired 80 teachers.
  • Salem-Keizer School District hired 500 for fall 2015.
  • Tigard-Tualatin School District hired 115 teachers.
  • West Linn/Wilsonville School District hired 80 teachers.
  • Woodburn School District filled 80 positions this year.

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 totaling 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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