This report explores the trend of declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs, noting that this is a particularly troublesome trend in light of reported teacher shortages nationwide. (According to the report, Connecticut’s teacher preparation enrollment decreased by 35% between 2009 and 2014.) This paper seeks to explain the causes of declined enrollment, finding a correlation to job losses resulting from the Great Recession, decreases in average teacher salary, and dissatisfaction with the “last in, first out” policy. The authors recommend: increasing compensation to lessen the gap between teacher compensation and compensation in other professions; and ending seniority based layoffs.
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