Factors that Increase Students’ Interest in Becoming a Middle or High School Computing Teacher

May 11, 2016 at 7:45 am 6 comments

These are the right sort of questions to be asking, and then using when creating real programs.  How would we get more undergraduate computing majors to consider teaching?  We can’t do much about salary.  Free tuition and student loan forgiveness are feasible and could result in many more teachers (and are being explored by ECEP states).

CERP asked undergraduate computing majors what would increase their interest in becoming a middle or high school computing teacher. As seen in the above graphic, financial incentive in the form of a higher teaching salary, free tuition for teacher training, and forgiven student loans were the top factors increasing students’ interest in becoming a middle or high school computing teacher. These findings provide insights into how to generate more computing educators for the K-12 school system, which is becoming increasingly important, given recent efforts to promote widespread K-12 computing education.

Source: Factors that Increase Students’ Interest in Becoming a Middle or High School Computing Teacher – CRN

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  • 1. Mike Zamansky (@zamansky)  |  May 11, 2016 at 9:06 am

    This doesn’t seem much different than what students, in general would want in order to consider teaching as a career.

    On the financial front – do the respondents want a higher salary so as to compete with the tech industry or merely to be able to survive with a decent standard of living as a teacher. This is a real problem across all subject areas. When a teacher can’t afford to make a career out of it without marrying a partner who can shoulder the financial load we’ve got a real problem.

    Also interesting in that in service teachers always are looking for smaller class sizes, being respected as professionals, meaningful PD etc. rather than a huge payday.

  • 2. gflint  |  May 11, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Mike hit the nail on the head. The comment about in-service teachers is so true.

    There are just so many fun discussions that can take place when talking about teacher salaries with non-teachers. “But you only work 9 months”. The other three we have to find a job or we go to school, paying with our own money, so we can get a small raise that will not pay off the investment for about 10 years. Not to attractive to grads looking at jobs. Wouldn’t it be interesting if salaries were based on importance to society? Teachers and police would get a big raise. Lawyers and politicians would be on minimum wage.

  • 3. Mike Zamansky (@zamansky)  |  May 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Just saw this now:

    Center on Education Policy survey: Listen to us: Teacher’s Views and Voices


  • 4. Christine Stephenson  |  May 11, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    This is useful information in terms of the kinds of financial incentives that could help bring people into teaching, but I think Mike’s comment re teachers wishing to be respected is on target given that we don;t have to just get good teachers into teaching, we have to keep them. The U.S. is beginning to experience the result of its continued deprofessionalization of teaching and this impact is bound to be felt most strongly in areas where there are already teacher shortages (such as computer science).

  • 5. kirkpams  |  May 11, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    When I was an undergrad, salary was one of the reasons I switched from a math ed major to just math (adding CS later). The average starting salary for a teaching position in my state at the time was half what I could make in industry.

  • 6. Boniie  |  May 12, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Just a note – in my district, experienced teachers make 100K and above a year, but we still can’t get CS educators. Lack of decent technology, lack of respect, and not enough interesting courses to teach are also a problem


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