THE SUBSTITUTE SHORTAGE
That Was THEN...
Graduates of teaching credential programs flooded schools looking for substitute opportunities. It was well known that subbing could get you in the door to network with the schools you wanted to work for.
This Is NOW......
School districts are struggling to find qualified, reliable substitutes to cover teacher absences and professional development. The deficit in the substitute pool is causing a major strain on district resources and staff.
How Did This Happen?
Enrollment in teaching credential programs dropped 75% in the past decade
43% of California teachers are over 50 and are moving toward retirement
Substitutes leave districts due to lack of support and inadequate training
Districts have not engaged in recruitment efforts to target non-traditional substitute candidates