ESL Teacher Shortage



ESL Teacher Shortage


Teaching English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual education are rapidly growing fields, as more teachers are needed to provide instruction for students new to the English language.

Just how bad is the shortage? According to the New Haven Register, approximately 10 percent of students in American public schools in are non-native English speakers, yet less than 1 percent of educators are ESL teachers. These numbers are also expected to rise over the next few years, with larger numbers of immigrants coming to the United States.

Shortage Locations

Each year, the United States Department of Education issues a report of teacher shortage areas across the nation. In its most recent report, the Department of Education identified numerous areas facing critical shortages of ESL teachers. The locations are:

  • Arizona: ESL and bilingual education

  • Arkansas: ESL

  • Connecticut: Bilingual education

  • Delaware: English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) and bilingual education

  • District of Columbia: ESL

  • Idaho: English as a new language (ENL)

  • Indiana: ENL

  • Iowa: ESL

  • Kentucky: ESL

  • Maine: ESL

  • Maryland: ESOL

  • Massachusetts: ESL

  • Minnesota: ESL

  • New Hampshire: ESOL

  • New Jersey: ESL and bilingual/bicultural education

  • New York: Bilingual education

  • North Dakota: ESL

  • Ohio: Teaching English as a Second Language

  • Oregon: Bilingual/English language learner

  • Rhode Island: ESL and bilingual Spanish

  • South Dakota: ENL

  • Tennessee: ESL

  • Texas: Bilingual/ESL

  • Vermont: ESL

  • Virginia: ESL

  • West Virginia: ESL

  • Wisconsin: ESL

Every state has its own department of education, so be sure to check with individual state offices for licensing information and educational requirements before applying for any position.

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