The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education commissioned the Southern Regional Educational Board to conduct a study on teacher supply and demand in Oklahoma. The Regents accepted this study in April 2002. The results show that Oklahoma produces enough teachers but is experiencing hiring shortages for teachers of high demand subjects and in certain parts of the state.
The study reports that Oklahoma will likely meet the demand for administrators as well as for elementary, language arts and social studies teachers through 2005.
Possible shortages may occur for vocational education; high school physics, biology, art and music; middle school science teachers; librarians; and guidance counselors during the same time period.
Shortages are likely for special education, early childhood and foreign language teachers through 2005.
Links to sections of the 2002 report are provided below.
Executive Summary (PDF, 24k)
Introduction (PDF, 9k)
2002 Teacher Supply and Demand Study Findings (PDF, 27k)
Conclusions and Recommendations (PDF, 38k)
Tables and Charts (PDF, 139k)
Supplemental Data (PDF, 304k)
District Hires by Institution (PDF, 6m)
School Districts by Cluster Category (PDF, 24k)
School District Enrollment/Workforce History (PDF, 19m)
Oklahoma Educational Employment Board (external link)