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