Teacher Education Trends Shift With Population

Teacher Education Trends Shift With Population
A special education teaching credential
is in high demand from local K-12 school districts.

Shifts in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Valley populations are causing changes in teacher education trends.

Changing student enrollments has led to a decrease in demand for elementary school teachers, while there is an increased need for special education teachers.

“The trend is that elementary and secondary school enrollment is dropping,” said Dr. Barbara Bromley, professor of education.

She attributes the population shifts to factors such as the aging of baby boomer children as well as the movement of families to lower-cost areas, such as eastern San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

“With fewer children in the area at elementary-age level, those education jobs have moved,” Bromley said, noting declines in nearby Mountain View, Ontario-Montclair and Alta Loma school districts. “However, there continues to be a need at all grade levels in special education as well as a need for high school teachers in math and science.”

The special education credential prepares teachers with instructional strategies to help students with a variety of disabilities, such as learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, or emotional and behavioral problems.

The credential program accepts applications for students each quarter. For more information about the special education credential or teaching credentials call Bromley at (909) 869-2326.