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Barriers to Teaching

The first column in the table below describes some of the common obstacles that teaching candidates encounter when considering a career in education. The second column lists strategies that have been used to address these obstacles. Most of these strategies are described in this website's recruitment toolkit.

Obstacles Strategies
  • Financial pressures
    • Tuition costs and loan debt
    • Temporary loss of job income
    • Costs for exams
    • Teacher pay too low
Publicize widely:


  • Grants and scholarships
  • Internships and residencies
  • Evening credential programs
  • Exam fee reimbursement
  • Compensation packages incl. benefits
  • Exam pressures
  • Test prep workshops (in person and online) and tutoring
  • Socio-cultural
    • Absence of diversity in the teaching profession
    • Absence of diversity in credential programs
  • Develop diverse communities of practice with teaching prospects, credential students, and PK-12 mentors
  • Employment concerns
    • Won’t get hired in desired districts
    • Will get laid off
Publicize widely:
  • Local employment opportunities
  • Employment opportunities and layoff trends
  • Status
    • Lack of respect from peers, family, media, and society
  • Emphasize purpose-driven careers and the impact teaching has on individuals and communities
  • Interact with PK-12 role models
  • Invite parents to recruitment events