February 2019 | Report 404 and Memorandum 1154

  • With fewer K-12 students, some decline in Michigan’s teacher ranks is normal and inevitable. But it’s not that simple. Need is evident in urban regions and growing in some areas – English as a Second Language, special education, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • Enrollment in teacher-prep programs in Michigan colleges and universities has been falling for some time, by 66 percent over a recent seven-year period. This is compounded because the number of program completers and the number individuals who obtain state certification in specific subject areas are down as well.
  • Understanding and addressing the real and potential shortages is hampered by the lack of clear data about the teaching workforce. Michigan has not prioritized studying this labor market and the shortage issue, so analysis is somewhat stymied by a shortage of available, timely and relevant information.

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