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University of Phoenix College of Education Produces Over 1,000 graduates amidst national teacher shortage

By Michele Mitchum

College of Education offers flexible online programs for aspiring educators

As National Teacher's Day approaches on May 7th, University of Phoenix College of Education proudly announces its significant contribution to addressing the pressing issue of the national teacher shortage. Amidst this critical shortage, the College of Education is pleased to share that it has graduated over 1,000 aspiring educators in the class of 2023 alone.

The scarcity of qualified teachers across the nation has been a growing concern, with many regions experiencing challenges in filling essential teaching positions. Current estimates point to 55,000 vacant full-time teaching positions in the United States. In response to this need, the College of Education remains committed to preparing dedicated and passionate educators who can make a positive impact in classrooms nationwide.

"At University of Phoenix, we are proud to offer an accessible, top-notch education tailored to the busy lives of our students," shares Dr. Pamela Roggeman, dean of the College of Education. "Our faculty, with their wealth of real-world experience, are dedicated to one thing above all: helping our students gain the skills they need to pursue their careers. It's an honor to play a part in shaping the educators of tomorrow, who will go on to make a real difference in the lives of their students, families, and communities."

The 2024 Career Optimism Index® study, released by University of Phoenix’s Career Institute®, finds that educators encounter career challenges that may contribute to the ongoing shortage of teachers, including reporting a lack of opportunities for upskilling/development (19%) and lack of clear pathways for career progression (17%). The study finds educators need the most support in these four areas: learning new skills (61%), seeking out growth opportunities (56%), expanding their professional network (53%) and learning new skills or tools related to AI (53%). 

University of Phoenix’s dedicated emphasis on adult learners offers an ideal pathway for teachers looking to upskill, for those aiming to transition careers into teaching or for parents deeply engaged in their children's school environments who aspire to become educators. Through rigorous academic programs, hands-on experience, and experienced instructors, the College continues to nurture the talents and aspirations of future teachers, empowering them to excel in their chosen profession.

As the nation celebrates National Teacher's Day on May 7th, the College of Education extends its heartfelt appreciation to educators everywhere for their tireless dedication and commitment to shaping the minds of tomorrow's leaders. The College reaffirms its steadfast commitment to bridging the gap in teacher shortages and remains resolute in its mission to inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of educators.

Learn more here about the College of Education at University of Phoenix.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix innovates to help working adults enhance their careers and develop skills in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, skills-mapped curriculum for our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and a Career Services for Life® commitment help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit