The national shortage of teachers has been a constant headline in the news, and the need for teachers in the areas of math, science and career technical education is particularly strong. In California, there are over 30,000 annual job openings for teachers. To put this number in perspective, approximately 20,000 students take classes at Citrus College every year.
The median annual wage for teachers in the Los Angeles area varies from $59,032 to $78,890. More significant than salary are the benefits of the teaching profession. A teacher can:
- Improve the quality of education
Teachers can positively impact the education system. There is a lot of work to be done, but it is the collective effort of thousands of dedicated teachers that will make the most difference.
- Give back to the community
Teaching is one of the most direct ways to make a difference in a meaningful way. If you are driven by the desire to help those around you, being a teacher is an invaluable contribution.
- Change the lives of students
Teachers do more than teach, and their influence extends far beyond the classroom. As a teacher, you are more than just an educator – you are a mentor, a confidant and a friend. One of the best reasons to become a teacher is to make a difference in the lives of as many students as you can.
- Experience job variety
You will never be bored as a teacher because no two days are ever alike. The different people you come in contact with, the daily challenges and the unique discoveries all combine to make teaching an engaging adventure.
- Be a lifelong learner
Teachers never stop learning and growing, and they earn pay increases with education and professional development credits.
- Enjoy a family-friendly work schedule
The daily schedule and school holidays will allow you to spend quality time with your family, pursue advanced education, engage in hobbies and other work, and enjoy leisure time.
To assist you with accomplishing your goal of becoming a teacher, Citrus College has developed resources and support activities through the Teacher Preparation Pipeline project, including:
- structured degree pathways
- pre-service teacher engagement activities
Teaching-specific transfer workshops
- work-based learning experiences
- assistance with the teacher credential process, which may include prepping for examinations and financial assistance for CBEST exam fees
For more information, view the
Citrus College Teacher Preparation Pipeline web page, or stop by the Institute for Completion (SS 172).