SESP Newly Certified Teachers Have 95% Job Placement This Year

SESP Newly Certified Teachers Have 95% Job Placement This Year

Teacher David Leb

Job placement for newly certified graduates of SESP teaching degree programs rose to 95 percent this year. As of August, 53 of the 56 students certified in 2012 who sought employment had jobs teaching school. In fact, all of SESP’s newly certified teachers who sought jobs in Illinois are employed.

Forty-four students became certified for teaching in Illinois through the Master of Science in Education graduate program in 2012. Thirteen students were certified through the undergraduate concentration in secondary teaching. One of these graduates is not seeking employment, and the other three graduates without jobs reside in states outside of Illinois with additional certification requirements.

All 12 of the master’s degree graduates certified for elementary teaching in 2012 are employed as elementary school teachers. Forty-one of the 44 master’s and bachelor’s degree graduates certified for secondary teaching in 2012 who sought jobs are employed as secondary teachers.

This year’s job totals represent an increase over figures for the past two years. In 2011, 75 percent of newly certified degree students had jobs as of August, and in 2010 the proportion was 80 percent. David Renz of the Master of Science in Education program supplied these job statistics for 2010 through 2012.

These teaching placements present a favorable job outlook for teacher candidates in Northwestern University’s programs, at a time when jobs are a major concern. Nationally, the unemployment rate is currently 8.1 percent, and according to a Rutgers University study, half the college graduates since 2006 lack full-time jobs and 11 percent are unemployed.

The Master of Science in Education program offers concentrations in elementary teaching and secondary teaching, designed to help students become skilled and committed educators. A new concentration in teacher leadership is designed to give certified teachers the opportunity to enhance their professional skills. The School of Education and Social Policy is consistently ranked among the top 10 graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

At the undergraduate level, the secondary teaching concentration educates students to excel as classroom teachers. The program incorporates three practical experiences: an internship with a community organization, 100 hours of observation at a school and a student teaching experience. The SESP undergraduate program was rated highest in Illinois by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

David Leb (MS12) graduated with a master’s degree and certification in secondary teaching. He has a job teaching at Legal Prep Charter School in Chicago.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 12/18/12