State sees huge interest in teaching jobs

January 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:39p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Arkansas officials are seeing a huge interest
in teaching jobs, especially through the state's nontraditional
teacher licensing program. About one thousand people crowded into
hallways and conference rooms at the state Education Department's
recruitment fair yesterday in Little Rock. Most of them were
interested in the state's program that allows them to teach while
getting a license if they already have four-year college degrees.

The nontraditional licensing program was created in the late
1980s to help combat teacher shortages in certain areas. Today,
those areas include math, science, foreign languages, special
education and English as a second language.

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