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Pennsylvania State Colleges Try to Stave Off Teacher Shortage As Fewer Decide to Major in Education

Data indicate an alarmingly low number of Pennsylvania students are becoming teachers, which could turn into a crisis if districts can’t meet the demand for teachers. In the 2014-15 school year, the most recent on record, the state issued 6,215 in-state certifications, which are issued to Pennsylvania college students getting certified to teach in the state. That was a 62 percent drop from the number issued in 2012-13. One of the hardest hit subjects was math, with only 204 new secondary math teachers certified in-state in 2015. Colleges are seeing a drop in education majors too.