South Carolina’s public schools now hiring
Recruiters from South Carolina’s public school districts hope to fill their current and anticipated teacher vacancies at this year’s South Carolina Teacher Expo. The Expo, a one-day teacher job fair sponsored by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), will be held on Friday, May 18, at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia.
The Expo attracts jobseekers from across the state and nation and offers them an opportunity to network with recruiters from South Carolina’s public school districts. The recruiters look for outstanding candidates to fill teaching vacancies in a variety of subject areas and grade levels.
The Expo is one part of an array of programs and services offered by CERRA designed to improve teacher recruitment, retention, and advancement in South Carolina.
CERRA’s Supply and Demand Report, released in January, found that the state’s teacher shortage is continuing to grow. According to the report, about 6,700 teachers did not return to their classrooms this year. At the same time, less than 1,700 students completed a teacher education program in the state. This has left many districts scrambling to find quality candidates to fill the holes. Many of the vacancies exist in critical subject areas such as special education, mathematics, and science.
Participation in the Expo is limited to teachers, recent graduates of teacher education programs, and individuals who have met admission criteria for an approved alternative certification program in South Carolina.
For more details and registration information, visit www.cerra.org/teacher-expo.html.