School of Education Hosts Educators Job Fair on April 19

Posted by Pamela Van Halsema on April 11, 2013 1:58 PM

fairlogo.jpgThe School of Education will host an Educator Job Fair on Friday, April 19, 2:00-5:00 in the Student Recreation Center on campus. The fair is an opportunity for new and recently credentialed teachers from the School of Education's programs to meet school and district administrators and discuss what job openings are currently available or coming on the horizon. Employers from schools all over Northern California will participate in the fair, including schools from Alameda, Lake, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, Sonoma, Solano and Mendocino counties--public schools and charter public schools will be represented.  Some employers are coming to collect resumes as they are still not certain about openings in their districts, while others have present needs and hope to conduct preliminary interviews on site.

It has been well over a decade since the School of Education has hosted a recruitment fair like this.  Student Services Coordinator Maricela Ibarra noted that she often receives requests for an event like this, "I always thought it would be a great idea to offer a job fair where offices of education and school districts could present information about jobs available, and conduct interviews. Seeing that this is finally happening creates a special kind of atmosphere for the entire school. It gives me a sense of accomplishment to provide this opportunity to our graduating students and alumni."  Ibarra is hopeful this will be an annual event each spring, and that faculty and staff can continue to support students in their job search. 

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Teacher candidates and graduate students have been gearing up for the event.  The Single Subject Credential Program and the Administrative Credential Program help students with resume preparation and conduct mock interviews to help prepare candidates for the job market.  Associate Professor Susan Campbell who teaches in the Multiple Subject Credential Program says the full time students who are finishing the program are excited about this opportunity to meet potential employers here on campus. Campbell noted they are very grateful to our education community for making the effort to come here to meet them and talk about jobs in their schools and districts.

The market for teaching jobs in the Bay Area has been tight over the last several years, but there has still remained a consistent need for teachers in Special Education, Mathematics and Science.  The Dean's Office in the School of Education had been receiving many more requests from school districts to post job announcements than usual, and took that as a sign that the time was right for a recruitment event. A significant increase in the teacher retirement rate is one factor causing new opportunities in the job market for teachers, and researchers predict the trend to continue for the next several years. Other factors that may have influenced the job outlook for educators are the passage of Proposition 30, which may have brought more predictability to California public school funding, and the fact that statewide, fewer new teachers have come through credential programs over the last several years.    

To read more about the Job Fair at Sonoma State University, see www.sonoma.edu/education/jobfair.