Growing Demand for STEM Teachers

        Technology is constantly evolving and is a necessary part of our history. Math and science educations are mandatory elements in keeping the field of technology expanding. Schools are trying to focus on these vital subjects like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but there is a problem.  The funding is there; however, there is still a gap in U.S. education when it comes to these STEM fields. The problem lies in the fact that there are not enough teachers for STEM program.

Hundreds of children are lacking the proper education when it comes to their math and science curriculum due to the shortage of STEM teachers. Across the United States, there are 100,000 positions available for STEM teacher. The National Math and Science Initiative released a number of important statistics that proves how dire the situation is. According to National Math and Science Initiative, over half of the high school graduates are not ready for college level math, only 44 percent of them are willing to take what most likely will be basic college algebra. The number of students willing to take on a college science class is even more disturbing. A mere 36 percent of students will be ready to take basic science classes in college after high school.

These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg, and shows just how much we are lacking in proper STEM teachers. About one-third of the teachers who teach math or science in middle school don’t even have the qualifications to teach a STEM class; they either lack the degree or certification for it.

Online resources are available to anyone who would like to teach STEM classes. There are many options for getting a degree to obtaining a certification in technology. Getting certified is often overlooked by people who want to get into the STEM profession. Multiple companies offer classes from entry level to advanced topics in the technology field.

Companies, as large as Microsoft, have a program specifically for people to be certified in classroom education. The Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) program takes technology literacy and applies it to the school curriculum, and help introduce and merge the idea of information and communication technology in a classroom setting. Another program available to people interested in using and teaching technology classes is the IC3 Digital Literacy Certification by Pearson. The certification helps educators gain the confidence in utilizing every-day technology in a classroom setting. These courses can be taken online or on campus, and are essential in developing future teacher’s career in STEM education. Students should not have to suffer from a lack of properly educated teachers in technology.

Reference:

https://www.nms.org/AboutNMSI/TheSTEMCrisis/STEMEducationStatistics.aspx
http://wqad.com/2015/11/13/demand-is-desperate-for-teachers-in-stem-fields/
http://wqad.com/2015/11/13/demand-is-desperate-for-teachers-in-stem-fields/
http://www.certiport.com/Portal/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=762&roleid=101
http://www.certiport.com/PORTAL/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=669&roleid=101

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