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Educator Shortage in Pennsylvania

April 23rd, 2024 by WCBC Radio

Pennsylvania is facing a major shortage of educators across the Commonwealth. A decade ago, roughly 20,000 teacher certifications were issued each year, while in 2021 only about 6,000 were issued.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has $1.5 million in grant funding available to help schools create learning opportunities that will bolster the Commonwealth’s next generation of special educators. In addition, stipends of up to $15,000 are now available for those involved in student teaching, making that time a paid internship.