Sycamores teachers are among a growing number of public schools and colleges to consider an online teaching career, as the tech-savvy American workforce is increasingly seeking to find jobs that require a degree or higher.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), about one in five teaching jobs are filled by students who have a bachelor’s or higher degree.
But those positions often require a specialized education, including a college degree.
And the demand for such positions has risen over the past decade, NACE reports, and more than two million teachers have enrolled in online courses.
But many teachers who have enrolled online are not able to find an online job.
Many of them are not interested in working in a field where their education or experience may not be in demand.
“Many of these teachers are in the midst of a transition, which means they’ve started to explore new avenues of employment,” NACE President and CEO Robert Rector said in a statement.
“But some teachers are finding that the only way to advance their career is to find a position that is competitive.”
According to a survey from NACE, about a quarter of public school teachers had at least one job open online, and about 40% were looking for a new position.
And NACE surveyed nearly 1,500 teaching professionals, finding that about 1 in 4 teachers said they had received a “negative feedback” from employers about their education.
Some of the reasons that teachers might be choosing to pursue a career in the virtual world include:The ability to find work that matches their education; The opportunity to work from home; And the need to gain experience to improve teaching skills.
But for many, the benefits of the online career are not immediately apparent.
Some teachers say they are still learning how to navigate a job market that is often saturated with jobs.
“I think there are some teachers who are a little bit skeptical,” said Leland Stadtmueller, a teaching assistant and associate dean at Stetson University in Florida.
“There are definitely teachers who do feel that there are ways of being successful online, but I don’t think they are very satisfied.”
Stadtmauer said many teachers are also struggling to keep up with the increasing demand for online courses, which have become a popular part of the American workforce.
Some students may choose to take a class on the Internet that’s not available in their school, and others may opt to take online classes from other schools that do not offer online options.
But many teachers have had to choose between online and in-person teaching, according to the NACE survey.
“A lot of teachers are trying to balance that,” Stadmueller said.
“We’re just not used to the amount of online teaching that we are required to do.”
Stadimueller also said some teachers feel a lack of flexibility.
“There are so many different jobs that we can do, and I feel like if I can’t be in the classroom or have the classroom experience, that is something that I am going to have to think about, because if I have a choice, I’m not going to be able to do it,” Stadimuers said.
“We’ve seen this in our own classrooms a lot,” he added.
“Teachers have to be in a position where they’re getting a little too comfortable.
They’re not getting enough of a break.”