Northwest Agricultural Teacher Education Graduates Career Decisions: Establishing Benchmarks and Identifying Decision Making Factors.
For forty years the agricultural education has faced a teacher shortage, but in the Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming) there is no clear picture of the severity of the teacher shortage to provide Northwest agricultural teacher education programs an idea of where to address the shortage issue. In addition, only 60% of agricultural education teacher education graduates in the nation enter teaching with no clear understanding of why 40% choose not to enter teaching that could ease the teacher shortage challenge. The primary purpose of this study is to identify factors influencing a graduate of a teacher education in agricultural education programs decision to enter or not enter the teaching profession in a secondary agricultural education program. This study will also provide benchmark data for the state of
affairs of teacher education programs in the Northwest.