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There are 67 private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York with educator preparation programs and they award 59% of the education degrees in our state — more than 10,000 per year. 

The New York State Department of Labor projects that jobs for Pre-K-12 teachers will increase by 11% between 2018 and 2028 — creating more than 60,000 new positions. Those projections were made prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which exacerbated the teacher shortage: According to the American Federation of Teachers, 1 in 3 U.S. teachers reported that they are more likely to leave teaching or retire earlier than planned as a result of the pandemic. 

New York’s Independent Sector colleges and universities are well-positioned to help New York meet this growing demand for high-quality educators.

Sources: IPEDS, completions in education programs, 2018-19; New York State Department of Labor projections, 2018-2028; Hart Research Associates study, “Parents’ and Teachers’ Views on Reopening Schools,” conducted in August-September 2020 for AFT, AROS, LULAC, NAACP (https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/survey_school-reopening_augsept2020.pdf).