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Placement differs for teachers
Editor's note: This article is the first in a series of
stories examining the different placement offices
at UNL, the services they provide, and the cost
to the student for using them.
By Paula Damke
, Teacher placement at UNL is unique.
Lee De Jonge, director of the UNL Teacher
Placement Division said it differs from other
placement centers in three areas:
-the selection process to screen potential
-all students in Teacher's College are required
to perform on-the-job student teaching.
-teachers are hired only in September and
contracts are for one year.
De Jonge said he does not believe the Teacher
Placement Division overlaps with other UNL
"The teacher placement office is for teachers
only, thus there is no overlapping from other
colleges," he said.
He said 87 per cent of those in Teacher's
College last year registered with the placement
service. He said 65 per cent of them were placed
in some kind of teaching position.
De Jonge said 20 to 30 per cent of students
enrolled in Teacher's College never go into
teaching as a profession. This cuts down on the
actual percentage of those who actually are
looking for teaching jobs, he added.
De Jonge said there were 17,006 vacancies in
teaching positions nationally or a 54.8 per cent
increase over last year.
He said specific kinds of training or education
in more than one area are needed in some jobs
and are reasons for the increase.
De Jonge said there are currently too many
teachers in some areas and not enough in others.
The placement office last year had the most
success in placing teachers in the areas of library
and general science, math, English and
elementary 5-6 grades.
He said there is currently an oversupply of
women PE teachers, elementary 1-2 grade
teachers, kindergarten, health, social studies,
journalism, art and elementary music teachers.
Informed of vacancies
De Jonge said this can change anytime and
depends on where the vacancies occur. If a
student registers in the placement office, he, will
be informed of vacancies. There is a $20 dollar
charge for registration.
He said if the student is registered in teacher
placement, the office will sent credentials and
information on students to administrators who
De Jonge said the placement office is
beneficial to both students and future employers.
"It gives both of them access to needed
information " he said.
Junior college increase
The largest increase in vacancies, he said, is
occurring in junior college" (123 per cent),
followed by colleges (71 per cent), elementary
(54 per cent), high school (53 per cent) and the
lowest increase in junior high (32 per cent),
De Jonge said this is the first year since the:
1968-69 school year that a substantial increase
has appeared. He said there are fewer teacher
college graduates and the number of teaching
students statewide is down.
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