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Lauren asked about the job market for English teachers. We just completed the AAEE teacher supply and demand research study for 2006. Nationally, the numerical rating for English/language arts is 3.06 on a scale of 5.0. This equals being a "Balanced" job market --- there is a balance between the number of candidates available and the number of positions available. However, this does not take geographic location into account. Since I do not know your location, I cannot give you a regional analysis, but most of the regions are still "balanced" for English.

A balanced job market will mean that you will need to seek positions much more actively than candidates in shortage areas (blingual, special education, math, science). The college that you attend will have a career center, and the counselors there will help you seek positions.

Typically, junior colleges or community colleges will look for a master's degree or higher for the faculty who teach on a full-time basis. For part-time instructors, they will look for people who have at least a bachelor's degree and experience in the field. For middle school and high school, employers will look for a bachelor's degree and certification. Some states have a special "middle school" certification as well.

For which type of degree to pursue, I will defer to the others who are writing for the blog. Watch for more responses!

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The job market for English teachers is quite interesting right now. Although the job demand may be "balanced," it is still apparent that with the changing trends in education, the market for Communications majors may be up.

Holding a degree in English, a Master's level education degree, certification, classroom experience, postgraduate studies, and research experience (which can be accomplished within five years time with dedication) can lead to a huge career advancement.

The question to ask is do you have what it takes to truly apply what you learned in your educational pursuits. If the answer is yes, then a degree in English will not hurt your job choices.

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